A&E commissions 'Son' from Murray


A&E is getting back into business with writer-producer Charles Murray after their recent collaboration on the drama pilot "Under," developing a new project centering on a city commissioner.

"The Lost Son" is part of a two-script deal that Murray has inked with ABC Studios. The other script is a blind commitment.

"Son," from ABC Studios and Thom Beers' Original Prods., is an "Upstairs/Downstairs" look at the inner workings of a commissioner's office and how his actions directly affect street crime in each police precinct. The project centers on a cop who suddenly jumps 15 levels to become the new commissioner of a large city but continues doing police work at night. He also continues to investigate his mother's murder.

Murray is writing and executive producing; Beers and Original's Philip Segal are nonwriting executive producers.

"Under" is not going forward at A&E, but the network was impressed with Murray, senior vp drama programming Tana Nugent Jamieson said.

"He proved he's someone who writes very real feelings, and we're all about real drama," she said. "This is a compelling character with a backstory who is a little deeper than some of the other cops you typically see on television."

Murray, whose credits include "Criminal Minds" and the upcoming film "Phenom," is repped by Endeavor and Industry Entertainment. (partialdiff)