4:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Justin Kirk, Eric Winter to Star in Fox Cop Drama 'APB'
Fox's APB has found its men.
The network has collared Justin Kirk and Eric Winter to star in the cop drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Inspired by the New York Times story "Who Runs the Streets of New Orleans?" the pilot revolves around a tech billionaire who purchases a troubled police precinct in the wake of a loved one’s murder. Can the eccentric and enigmatic figure’s cutting-edge approach fix the broken ways of these blue-blooded veterans?
Golden Globe nominee Kirk (Weeds, Wayward Pines) will star as Gideon Reed, the billionaire and creative genius with a childlike curiosity whose alien awkwardness is balanced by an undeniable charm. After a tragic crime claims the life of a dear friend, Gideon literally buys himself a police precinct, the dysfunctional 13th, and sets out to rethink everything about the way cops do business.
Winter (The Mentalist, Witches of East End, Days of Our Lives) will co-star as Tom Murphy, a vice cop and tough guy with a big heart and a family man. Tom is married to homicide detective Amelia Murphy (Natalie Martinez), with whom he has two children.
Person of Interest's David Slack will pen the script and exec produce the 20th Century Fox Television drama alongside Len Wiseman (Sleepy Hollow).
For Kirk, APB marks a return to series regular broadcast television following his short-lived NBC comedy Animal Practice. His credits include FX's Tyrant and a memorable role in season two of You're the Worst as well as a recurring gig on ABC's Modern Family. Repped by UTA, Management 360 and Ziffren Brittenham, he next appears in Ghostbusters and is currently filming Tribes of Palos Verdes.
Winter, who counts The Ugly Truth, GCB, The Mentalist and Harold and Kumar among his credits, is with Gersh, BEP and Bob Wallerstein.
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