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Talent: Jason Richman (w, ep), Todd Hoberman (ep), David Lieberman (ep), Jeff Nachmanoff (d); Jon Michael Hill (Det. Damon Washington), Aisha Hinds (Lt. Maureen Mason)
Logline: A real but humorous look at Detroit’s top homicide division as seen through the cameras of a fictitious documentary crew.
How it’s different: They’re not cops, they’re documentary film subjects — and did we mention a bit wacky? As with “The Unusuals,” ABC is in full-blown Dr. Moreau-mode here, determined to cross-breed a cop drama and a comedy. Violent urban tragedy can be funny, dammit.
|Body of Evidence
Talent: Chris Murphey (w, ep), Matt Gross (ep)
Logline: A procedural that centers on a brilliant and tenacious medical examiner whose background as a neurosurgeon gives her a unique and refreshing crime-solving perspective at the ME’s office — one that often puts her at odds with just about everyone who crosses her path.
How it’s different: Not just a cop. Not just a doctor. She’s a cop AND a doctor. Now if only she had a law degree, she’d achieve TV drama perfection. And don’t worry ABC, we’ve forgotten all about that terrible Madonna movie with the same title.
Talent: Michele Fazekas (w, ep), Tara Butters (w, ep)
Logline: A one-hour dramedy about an ambitious single mother who finds that running her own international drug cartel is perfect training for navigating the cutthroat world of Beverly Hills high society.
How it’s different: Having an unlimited drug supply can help you navigate pretty much any society.
Talent: Rand Ravich (w, ep), Far Shariat (ep)
Logline: About a police psychologist who becomes a bounty hunter.
How it’s different: Not a cop, a bounty hunter. Earns special icon.
Talent: Noah Hawley (w, ep), Warren Littlefield (ep), Henrik Bastin (ep), Peter Magnasson (ep), Martin Piersson (ep); Michael Stahl David (Steven), Keir O’Donnell (Kenneth)
Logline: A documentary-style scripted dramedy that follows a disparate group of former high school classmates, tracking their paths during the past 10 years and the events that have shaped their lives.
How it’s different: But there’s a murder, right? What? No murder?
Talent: Jack Orman (w, ep)
Logline: Two long-feuding families battle against each other as one populates the Chicago District Attorney’s office and the other manages the most influential private law firm in the city.
How it’s different: Not just lawyers, but Chicago kin. If they put one of your family in the hospital, you put one of theirs in the morgue — that’s the Chicago way (well, that and putting too much cheese on everything).
|No Ordinary Family
Talent: Jon Feldman (w, ep), Greg Berlanti (w, ep), Morgan Wandell (ep), Dave Semel (d, ep); Michael Chiklis (Jim)
Logline: Strange things begin to happen when your typical American family suddenly finds themselves with new “abilities.” Navigating how to deal with being “super” is only part of the story — after all, they are still a family.
How it’s different: Like “Heroes,” only isolated to one family instead of a sprawling group of characters that keep dating and killing each other (at least, I assume the family doesn’t do that).
|Off the Map
Talent: Jenna Bans (w, ep), Shonda Rhimes (ep), Betsy Beers (ep); Martin Henderson (Ben), Enrique Murciano (Manny)
Logline: Three doctors, each anxious for a fresh start, leave the comfort of the states to work at an isolated tropical clinic, where they face exotic and unusual medial challenges as well as their own personal ones.
How it’s different: They’re not just doctors, they’re in paradise — “Grey’s Anatomy” in the jungle, complete with feverish malaria sex. My first thought was that this could use a better title. My second was remembering “Grey’s Anatomy” seemed like a silly title too.
|The Whole Truth
Talent: Tom Donaghy (w, co-ep), Jerry Bruckheimer (ep), Jonathan Littman (ep), Tom Donaghy, KristieAnn Reed (co-ep), Alex Graves (d); Eamonn Walker (Terence “Edge” Edgecomb), Sean Wing (Chad)
Logline: A legal show that has a unique alternative narrative structure that shows both the defense and prosecution sides equally and keeps the audience guessing and shifting allegiances on guilt or innocence until the final scene.
How it’s different: They’re not just lawyers, they’re lawyers on a show with an overly complex narrative structure.
Talent: Jon Feldman (w, ep) and Chris Brancato (w, ep), Bert Salke (w, ep)
Logline: A group of San Francisco homicide detectives reunite to solve the murder of one of their own, in the process reviving old passions, rivalries and friendships.
How it’s different: Not just cops, they’re victims. And don’t worry, nobody will associate “True Blue” with the Madonna song with the same title (not being sarcastic this time, it’s generic-sounding enough to skate by).
|Untitled Richard Hatem project
Talent: Richard Hatem (w), Bert Salke (ep), Chris Brancato (ep), Gary Fleder (d, ep); Katee Sackhoff (star)
Logline: A female detective teams with a disgraced ex-cop to solve crimes and untangle the conspiracy that sent him underground.
How it’s different: Not just cops, one’s a fugitive — which is so radically different because it’s like being the opposite of a cop. Now, on to NBC…
NBC (J.J. Abrams’ “Undercovers”; “Rockford Files”;”Prime Suspect”; more)
Fox (“Pleading Guilty”; Shawn Ryan’s”Ride-along”; “Breakout Kings”; more)
CBS (“Hawaii Five-0”; “CriminalMinds” spinoff; “ATF”; more)
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