TNT puts two cop shows under surveillance By Kimberly Nordyke and Nellie Andreeva
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - As part of its recently announced strategy to increase its original programing, TNT has set its sights on two cop-themed procedural dramas, one from Jerry Bruckheimer and Danny Cannon and the other from Jon Avnet and Donnie Wahlberg.
The cable network is in final negotiations to give a pilot pickup to the untitled Bruckheimer project, written by Doug Jung ("Big Love") from an original idea by Cannon ("CSI"). The project is a character-based police drama that will follow a squad of young undercover LAPD officers as they walk the line between doing their job and being seduced into the easy money and corruption of the crime world.
TNT also has given a pilot order to "Bunker Hill" (formerly known as "Morse Code"), which is set in the section of Boston known by the same name and will explore the area's crime, corruption and deceit. Wahlberg stars as Mike Moriarty, who left his home in Boston for a covert job overseas and never expected to be back home as a cop protecting the streets where he grew up.
As TNT focuses on expanding its original-programing slate, next up for the network are two series premieres: the Timothy Hutton-starring "Leverage" in December and "Trust Me" (formerly "Truth in Advertising"), starring Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanagh, in January. The network set records with its premiere of "Raising the Bar" on September 1, but the legal drama's viewership dipped significantly this week without its "Closer" lead-in and against the kickoff of the broadcast networks' new seasons.