Big-name crime wave hits A&E


A&E is developing eight original dramas, including crime procedurals from top-tier producers Jerry Bruckheimer, Shawn Ryan and Lynda Obst.

The cable network also renewed nine of its unscripted series and is launching seven new unscripted series, along with a Western miniseries from Kevin Costner.

Highlights on the scripted side include a pilot order for Bruckheimer's "Cooler Kings" (working title), a "surf-noir crime show" set in Honolulu about a cop who joins a mysterious crew of detectives. Projects in development include "The Lead Sheet," from Ryan, James Ellroy and Joel Gotler, about the LAPD's pursuit of the Hillside Strangler; and "Central Division," about two female LAPD captains, exec produced by Lynda Obst and Marc Rosen.

The network intends to greenlight two pilots.

New unscripted series include an untitled project with Tony Danza teaching high school in New York and the previously announced "Steven Seagal: Lawman."

In addition, A&E will air a one-hour special on the Jackson family.

Also, the network is developing reality projects with Bob Saget, Russell Simmons and Shaquille O'Neal. (partialdiff)