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Eddie Murphy’s dream of bringing Beverly Hills Cop to the small screen is one step closer to fruition. The comedian and Shield creator Shawn Ryan’s series based off the franchise has earned a pilot order from CBS. The project was one of three picked up for pilots by the Eye network.
Plans for the Beverly Hills Cop series were first reported in last fall, when Murphy and Ryan began shopping their idea to the networks. Eventually CBS picked up the project and Brandon T. Jackson was cast as Axel Foley’s son. Murphy committed to making an appearance in the pilot.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Tuesday that CBS has put in a pilot order for the project. Sony Pictures Television is producing. If CBS orders it to go to series, Murphy will take a recurring role. This will be Ryan’s first show since this season’s Last Resort, which was cancelled by ABC due to low ratings.
It will be an hour-long crime procedural with comedy thrown in, which is perfect for CBS’ police-packed line-up.
Variety reports that the other two pilots CBS ordered are Backstrom and Friends with Better Lives.
Backstrom is based on a Swedish series and comes from Bones creator Hart Hanson and 20th Television.
Friends with Better Lives is a new sitcom from Friends producer Dana Klein and is also from 20th TV. It is the seventh comedy pilot for CBS this pilot season, so the network will have plenty to chose from in the fall. The others include Chuck Lorre’s Mom and projects from comedian Jim Gaffigan and Raising Hope’s Greg Garcia.