'La La Land' & 'Rent Live' Producer Marc Platt Sets Police Drama at Fox
"Saturday Night Special" follows a group of officers working the most dangerous shift of the week in Washington, D.C.
Fox is adding another cop drama to its development roster.
The network has given a script commitment with penalty to Saturday Night Special, a drama about police officers in Washington, D.C. It comes from writer Robert Specland, who executive produces with Marc Platt (La La Land, Fox's Grease Live and upcoming Rent Live) and Adam Siegel.
The project is set up at 20th Century TV and Platt's eponymous production company.
The show is described as a grounded police soap that follows a group of tight-knit officers as they work Saturday nights, the wildest, most dangerous shift of the week. It will look at the police force from lieutenants to rookies and how the job affects their lives and vice versa.
Specland is repped by UTA, Pacific View Management and Felker Toczek.
Saturday Night Special is the third crime drama Fox has put into development this year, joining projects from Greg Berlanti and Howard Gordon. The Berlanti show, Prodigal Son, comes from writers Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver and Warner Bros. TV; 20th-based Gordon is executive producing Connect from writer Rashad Raisani.
As the network transitions to "New Fox," a focus on crime dramas makes some sense as the mandate is for broad-appeal shows. The network currently has just one police procedural, 911, on its schedule, and it's among Fox's highest-rated series
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.