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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