Trading a stethescope for 'LAPD' shield at NBC

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With veteran NBC medical drama "ER" heading into its 15th and final season, the series' chief, John Wells, has set up a new one-hour series project at the network.

NBC has handed out a pilot order to "LAPD," an ensemble show from John Wells Prods. and Warner Bros. TV.

Penned by Ann Biderman, "LAPD" follows a group of police officers in Los Angeles.

"ER" helmer/ executive producer Christopher Chulack is on board to direct the pilot. He also will exec produce with Wells and Biderman.

The project, which has begun casting, is being eyed as a potential successor to "ER" in NBC's Thursday 10 p.m. slot. (partialdiff)

This is a rare pilot order for NBC, which has been going straight to series with most of its projects over the past year.

Biderman, who won an Emmy for another ensemble cop drama, ABC's "NYPD Blue," most recently co-wrote the upcoming Michael Mann feature "Public Enemy."

"LAPD" was packaged by CAA. (partialdiff)
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