'Chief' writer Cross to explore world of stalkers

Rob Lowe is putting on a producer‘s hat, teaming with scribe Alison Cross (“Commander in Chief”) to sell an hourlong procedural cop drama to ABC.

Thesp, who’s officially joining the cast of ABC’s hit “Brothers and Sisters” next month after an extended guest turn last season, will co-create the skein with Cross. She’ll write the pilot script, and they’ll both serve as exec producers.

Untitled project, from ABC Studios, will delve into the shadowy world of stalkers, focusing on the anti-stalking unit of the Los Angeles Police Dept.

Stalking project reps the first pitch by Lowe under his newly formed lowePROFILE production banner. Jennifer Dynoff will serve as head of development for the company.

In addition to the TV idea, Lowe is also partnered with producer Gavin Polone’s Pariah on a feature project. Dubbed “Telethon: An Evening for Bhutan,” pic is a comedy about “a pretentious, self-important celebrity telethon that turns into an unmitigated disaster,” Lowe said.

Thesp co-wrote the script for “Telethon” with former “Saturday Night Live” scribe Hugh Fink. Duo worked together several times when Lowe guest-hosted “SNL.”

Lowe said he’s been developing the ABC script for more than a year, originally intending it as a star vehicle for himself. Once it became clear that he was going to be sticking around “Brothers and Sisters,” he decided to start shopping the project as an exec producer.

“Unfortunately, the idea of stalking is something many people can relate to,” Lowe said, citing stats that show 1.7 million Americans are victims of stalkers each year. And while high-profile celeb cases grab headlines, the vast majority of stalking cases involve civilians — particularly women.

“When I had my first meeting with Alison Cross, she had her own story about stalking,” Lowe said. “And when I sat down for a meeting with ABC Studios, a female exec there had had a stalking experience.”

Lowe said each episode of the potential skein will follow the female head of the stalking unit and her two deputies as they race to capture the stalker before an even more serious crime takes place.

Cross worked with Steven Bochco to create the ABC drama “Philly.” She also teamed with him for the HBO pilot “Marriage” and wrote the telepic “Roe vs. Wade.”

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