AMC cop drama looks at the hell in '60s Harlem


AMC is walking the "Sugar Hill" beat, developing a police drama from Alex Winter, Steven Pearl and Allan Loeb.

"Hill," from Fox TV Studios, revolves around two police detectives, one black and one white, who team up on the turbulent streets of late-1960s Harlem. Winter and Pearl are writing. Loeb and Pearl, who have a first-look deal at FtvS, are exec producing. Winter also is co-exec producer.

"As with all our other projects, this seemed to lend itself to unique and interesting characters and the promise of a really cinematic series that could stand side by side with our library of films," AMC vp original programming Jeremy Elice said, adding that the project would primarily be serialized.

FtvS executive vp programming David Madden dismissed comparisons to ABC's "Life on Mars," set in 1970s New York, saying "Hill" will deal with crime stories as well as bigger-picture issues.

" 'Sugar Hill' is after much more of the massive sociological and psychological changes the country — and world — were going through at that time," he said.

Winter is repped by AMA. Pearl and Loeb are repped by CAA. (partialdiff)