News Briefs: CBS Is Developing Beverly Hills Cop for TV


... Remember when Eddie Murphy used to be a star? Well he does, too. The comic who once had a stand-up routine about pooping in the tub is looking to reignite his career and will attempt to do so with help from CBS. The network has committed to a pilot for an update to Murphy's Beverly Hills Cop film franchise, with Murphy back to reprise his role as wise-cracking cop Axel Foley and The Shield creator Shawn Ryan writing and producing. However, the new series would follow Foley's son, also a cop, as he takes on crime in Beverly Hills in procedural fashion like most of CBS's other popular shows. Murphy would be featured in the pilot and possibly recur in the series. [Deadline Hollywood]


... TBS has renewed its new comedy Sullivan & Son for a second season after a first season that averaged 2.5 million viewers. Probably 2.5 million who fell asleep watching The Big Bang Theory reruns that precede it. [TBS via press release]

... Fox has renewed Hell's Kitchen Kitchen Nightmares Hotel Hell for a second season because Fox only has 14 Gordon Ramsay shows on the air right now. For some reason I feel like the Fox offices have a desk for Ramsay and a desk for Seth MacFarlane and that's it. [EW>]

... Breaking Bad (midseason) finale'd on Sunday, and drew a much bigger audience than it did for last year's fourth-season finale. More than 2.8 million viewers tuned in to watch Sunday's episode, 47 percent up from the Season 4 finale. And AMC still can't wait to rush it out the door. AMC, I'm starting to not like you. [EW]

... Starz is adapting The White Queen, based on Phillippa Gregory's historical fiction novels detailing England's War of the Roses. The 10-episode first season is scheduled for 2013, and because it's on Starz, there is a great chance that we'll see the queen's boobs. [Starz via press release]

... Jimmy Fallon's production company Holiday Road has sold a few more projects. NBC has purchased Slammed, a workplace comedy set in the arena of professional wrestling, and an untitled project about an anthropology student who studies modern-day hipsters. Both of these sound like they would be hilarious... as five-minute Saturday Night Live sketches. Holiday Road has also sold a one-hour drama called Bad Seeds to Fox. The series is being described as "The O.C. meets Dexter" (???) and follows teens who gang up on bullies. Holiday Road's first project, Guys With Kids, debuts on NBC this fall. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Law & Order creator Dick Wolf is giving the legal genre another shot with Injustice, a drama based on a British series. The show, which is being set up at NBC, focuses on a criminal defense attorney with a complicated past and a worry that the people he represents might be... you know, criminals. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Community has booked super hottie Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) for a guest-starring role in the upcoming fourth season. Helfer will play a fan of the show-within-a-show Inspector Spacetime, and will likely appear in the episode that's set at an Inspector Spacetime convention. [TV Line]

... Jillian Michaels is returning to The Biggest Loser because her attempt to leave The Biggest Loser and become a big star totally failed. Who's the biggest loser now, Jillian? [EW]

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