Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Lifetime Developing Crime Drama based on Danish Series Lulu & Leon

Lulu & Leon

Lifetime Television is developing a remake of the Danish crime drama Lulu & Leon, which aired for a single season in Denmark in 2009.

Here's a synopsis from Eurochannel, which aired the series elsewhere in Europe in 2010:

The world of crime is a mysterious and deadly one, especially when seen through the eyes of an ordinary housewife. Lulu & Leon is a shocking story about violence, bribery, and one simple woman's meteoric rise to the highest echelons of her husband's criminal organization. You've never seen a family drama like this one before.

Lulu is a charming mother of two who leads a modest life. She owns a hair salon in the suburbs, cares for her children, and loves Leon, her husband of ten years. Unbeknownst to her, however, her perfect life is little more than a cover for Leon's criminal activities.

As Lulu struggles to free Leon from prison, she is forced to carry on his business in the criminal underworld and deal with a vicious network of gangsters, hookers, and corrupt cops. This dangerous situation is further complicated by her lack of experience, and the chauvinistic, male-dominated pecking order of organized crime.

Her troubles become even more complicated when she meets a corrupt cop named Patrick Smith and, despite the danger, develops an intense attraction to him. She must juggle her complex feelings with an even more complex cash flow problem, which she solves by borrowing from a used car salesman named Memeth.

This storyline sounds very similar to the Dutch drama Penoza, which ABC is developing as a potential series to air this Fall … but since we haven't seen either, it's hard to tell how similar — or dissimilar — they really are.

We've embedded below the promo for the series from Eurochannel, though the US version is likely to be much different.


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