Bochco flashes badge at the WB

TV guru to create cop drama for Frog

Steven Bochco is headed back to the cop beat, this time for the WB.

The “NYPD Blue” co-creator has pacted with the Frog to create and write a young-skewing hourlong cop/mystery show revolving around two Hollywood homicide detectives at the LAPD.

Project marks the first time in recent memory Bochco has decided to pen a pilot solo rather than partnering.

Bochco said the untitled project will be “a little lighter in tone. It’s not heavy-duty or long on procedural. It owes more to ‘Columbo’ than ‘CSI.’ ”

WB Entertainment prexy David Janollari has been on a crusade to round up top-name producer talent since arriving at the net last year. This fall will see the arrival of skeins from Jerry Bruckheimer, McG, Marta Kauffman and “Will & Grace” creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan.

Indeed, Bochco said he and Janollari had lunch not long ago to discuss possible projects. Bochco told Janollari about the idea for the show; the Frog’s script order resulted.

Bochco said the project “will have a certain fun quotient” as well as a mystery element to it, in part to make it more appropriate for the younger WB demo.

“These are two young, smart, clever detectives who are a little sideways sometimes,” he said. “They get the job done in a different way.”

Bochco is no stranger to Hollywood mysteries, having recently penned the novel “Death by Hollywood.” Scribe also turned the book into a screenplay for an upcoming feature.

That said, Bochco usually doesn’t write or create projects solo these days because of his duties running his self-titled banner. In this case, “I guess because of my background writing mysteries, I sort of had a nice feeling about it,” Bochco said.

Current year is proving to be a busy one for the CAA-repped scribe-producer.

Following the end of “Blue” in March, he launched the critically hailed “Over There” for FX and the ABC drama “Blind Justice.” He also set up a baseball-themed pitch at Fox with scribes Mitch Katlin and Nat Bernstein (Daily Variety, July 7).

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