Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A&E Announces Upfront Programming Including New and Future Crime Dramas

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A&E announced its upfront programming yesterday and crime dramas, both new and potential, are prominent.

In the new category is Cooler Kings in which an ex-Honolulu cop bent on revenge for the death of his girlfriend meets a mysterious crew of detectives called the Cooler Kings, who offer him an unlikely chance at redemption. Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI) is executive producing.

In the potential category are a large number of series including two set in Los Angeles, two set in New York, and one involving the FBI.

The Lead Sheet, developed in part by crime novelist James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential, The Black Dahlia), follows the police work of the LAPD tracking the infamous Hillside Strangler in 1977; and Central Division which follows two female LAPD captains as they run a dangerous downtown division, the only division with women in the top two positions.

Night Falls in which a NYC beat cop survives a near fatal shooting and emerges with an unusual neurological side-effect. The secret he carries, which is triggered by how the darkness alters his brain chemistry, threatens to transform him into a modern day Jekyll and Hyde; and NY's Finest which tracks the new commissioner of a large U.S. city and his personal detail as he injects his own leadership style into the job, turning the city upside down.

The FBI project is untitled and has a unique twist on the procedural crime drama in which the tales of a group of up-and-coming criminals chasing their American dream are told in the first half of the show, while the second half tells the stories of the FBI Task Force charged with tracking them down. Instead of law and order, it's crime and punishment.

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