FOX Orders Pilots for ‘Frankenstein’, ‘Luther’ Adaptation, More
FOX is bringing some new shows to its lineup next season, and the choices are simultaneously encouraging and discouraging.
The network has ordered pilots for supernatural series Frankenstein, investigative drama Rosewood, comedy 48 Hours ‘Til Monday, and an adaptation of the BBC drama Luther.
It’s this latter pilot order that has me feeling pessimistic about FOX’s choices, since Luther is a critically-acclaimed drama overseas, and the network’s last adaptation of a critically-acclaimed British drama ultimately failed: the network adapted ITV’s Broadchurch for the 2014-2015 season as a limited series. However, the series, re-titled Gracepoint, was eventually canceled due to cratering viewership. Will Luther have the same fate?
Well, it’s hard to tell, since it might not even made it to series. The pilot order is cast-contingent, so they’ll need to find a compelling actor for the role of John Luther, compelling enough to inspire FOX’s confidence in the pilot. Naturally, it’s going to be tough to top Idris Elba, who made a huge impact as the “near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can’t always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.” But it seems like the executive producers — which include Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, and Elba himself — are going to try like hell.
As for Frankenstein, the show title is a bit of a misnomer. This will not be a loose adaptation in the Sleepy Hollow mold. Rather, the series will be a mostly-original creation that has nothing to do with the Mary Shelley novel of the same name beyond the basic premise of someone being brought back from the dead. The show will tell the story of “a morally corrupt retired cop, Ray Pritchard, who must choose between his old ways and his new perspective on life when he is brought back from the dead.” No casting has been announced just yet, but Rand Ravich (Crisis, Life) will write the pilot and produce alongside Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24: Live Another Day).
Similarly, Rosewood will center on a cop, in this case Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr., “a Miami-based pathologist who loves life (much to the dismay of the cynical female detective with whom he collaborates).” The pilot will be written and executive produced by Todd Harthan (Psych). The show is unique in that it’s described as “a close-ended, investigative series,” although I wouldn’t expect it to be a once-and-done if the ratings prove to be strong for the network.
Lastly, 48 Hours ‘Til Monday is a comedy series centered on “one husband’s desperate struggle to not let every weekend go completely to hell.” The series will be written by Charlie Grandy, who’s written for plenty of high visibility comedies such as The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Saturday Night Live and FOX’s own The Mindy Project. Grandy will executive produce alongside Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan.
These initial pilot orders don’t necessarily guarantee that these shows will ever see the light of day on the primetime schedule, but at least FOX is looking ahead and not simply putting all its eggs in the Empire/Gotham basket for primetime drama.
Via: Entertainment Weekly