'Luther,' 'Frankenstein' Among Fox Pilot Orders

Luther Neil Cross inset - H 2014
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Luther Neil Cross inset - H 2014

Fox threw its hat into the pilot ring Tuesday night, picking up three dramas including adaptations of Luther and Frankenstein as well as a comedy from The Mindy Project's Charlie Grandy.

The network has ordered dramas Frankenstein, Luther and Rosewood as well as half-hour 48 Hours 'Til Monday, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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Frankenstein hails from Crisis creator Rand Ravich and Homeland's Howard Gordon. The drama centers on Ray Pritchard, a morally corrupt retired cop, who is given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead. Now younger and stronger, Pritchard will have to choose between his old temptations and his new sense of purpose

Ravich will pen the script and executive produce alongside Gordon and his 20th Century Fox Television-based Teakwood Lane banner. The drama landed at the network with a hefty put-pilot commitment. Teakwood's Hugh Fitzpatrick will co-exec produce.

The pilot order for Luther, meanwhile, is contingent on finding a cast. It hails from Luther creator Neil Cross and counts star Idris Elba among its exec producers. Cross will pen the Fox take, which is based on the BBC Worldwide Productions entry of the same name. The Fox take again centers on John Luther, a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can’t always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions. Elba is not attached for an on-screen role.

The drama, which came with another hefty put-pilot commitment, will be exec produced by Cherin Entertainment's Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope as well as BBC's Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner.

For its part, drama Rosewood is described as a close-ended, investigative series that centers on the brilliant Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr., the top private pathologist in all of Miami. As owner of one of the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art independent labs in the country, he finds the secrets in bodies that others usually miss. Despite being constantly surrounded by death Rosewood is obsessed with life and savors every moment. His eternal optimism will frustrate the cynical female detective he often works with, but she can’t argue with the results that his unique perspective provides.  

Psych's Todd Harthan will pen the script and exec produce the 20th Century Fox Television drama alongside Temple Hill Entertainment's Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen.

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Rounding out the four orders is comedy 48 Hours 'Til Monday, a comedy about one husband's desperate struggle to not let every weekend go completely to hell. The Mindy Project exec producer Grandy will pen the script and executive produce the Universal Television comedy. The single-camera comedy landed at the network with a script plus penalty commitment in October. Grandy will exec produce alongside Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan's studio-based TBD Productions banner.

The four pilots join previously announced drama Minority Reportand cast-contingent effort Runner at the network. On the comedy side, 48 Hours joins straight-to-series pickup Scream Queens, from Ryan Murphy, at Fox. For Fox, the Luther take comes after the network struggled to adapt British drama Broadchurch, with Gracepoint failing to launch from the start.

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