Daniel Cerone clues into 'Detectives'

ABC orders pilot for U.S. version of Argentinean series

ABC is teaming with Daniel Cerone for an American version of the Argentinean sibling crime drama "Brothers & Detectives."

The network has handed out a put pilot to the project, which will be produced by ABC Studios, where Cerone has an overall deal.

"Brothers," which ran on Telefe in 2006, was one of several formats the Argentinean network recently shopped to U.S. outlets. Barry Sonnenfeld already has come on board to develop another one, "The Pretenders." (Argentinean writer Damian Szifron is behind both shows.)

"Brothers" sparked heated bidding before landing at ABC.

Cerone heard about the format last month when he was looking for development ideas following his exit from "Dirty Sexy Money." He had sampled a number of Latin American shows before.

"Most of them were stripped soaps, wild and whacky and not of interest to me, but this one was a weekly show, and I found it immediately compelling," Cerone said.

"Brothers" centers on a low-level paper-pusher in a homicide division who, following the death of his estranged father, finds out that he has a brilliant 11-year-old brother who loves solving puzzles.

"When the boy helps his detective brother solve a homicide case, a strange partnership is born," Cerone said.

With forensic shows dominating the crime drama genre, Cerone said he loves the idea of doing a cop show that solves crimes through deduction rather than science.

Also appealing was exploring the world through the eyes of a young prodigy, he said.

For Cerone, casting the young lead poses the biggest challenge.

In Argentina, the role was played by Rodrigo Noya, who also played the part on a Spanish version of the series, one of several international adaptations.

"Clubhouse" creator Cerone, whose resume includes showrunner duties on "Dexter," is repped by WMA, which also reps Telefe. Cerone is also with Insight management.