'Lost and Found' picked up

Project resurrected as cast-contingent pilot

It is a project that has lived up to its name: "Lost and Found."

A year and a half ago, Chris Levinson penned the one-hour script for NBC. The network's old regime passed on it, and the project was lost in the shuffle until it recently was resurrected and ordered as a cast-contingent pilot.

"Lost and Found," from Wolf Films and Universal Media Studios, centers on Tessa, a quirky, offbeat female LAPD detective who, after butting heads with the higher-ups, is sent as a punishment to the basement to work on John Doe and Jane Doe cases.

"There are exposed pipes, it's grimy and dingy and can't be further from the glossy 'CSI' shows," Levinson said.

She originally was approached with the idea for a crime drama about cases involving unidentified victims by Wolf Films' Nena Rodrigue.

Levinson, at the time a co-exec producer on Wolf's "Law & Order," said she was not interested in developing a procedural for a marketplace saturated by the genre.

But then she found a way to crack the idea by adding a twisted sense of humor and making the show an homage to the 1980s crime series that influenced her as a kid and to her dad, TV writer-producer Richard Levinson.

Endeavor-repped Chris Levinson is exec producing "Lost and Found" with Wolf, Rodrigue and Peter Jankowski.