Network gives pilot order for cop show

Fox has given a put pilot order to “Ridealong,” a Chicago-set cop show from “The Shield’s” Shawn Ryan.

Project’s a personal passion project of Ryan’s, who grew up in nearby Rockford, Ill. “Ridealong” will center on three groups of police officers –ranging from uniformed beat cops to the female chief of police.

Ryan is set to write and exec produce the hourlong drama, which comes from 20th Century Fox TV.

Ryan plans to shoot the skein in Chicago, which he plans to make a major part of the show.

“It’s a city I’m very familiar with, and one I haven’t seen photographed much, at least on TV,” Ryan said, “In my opinion, Chicago has become the center of the universe: It’s the place that Barack Obama comes from, it’s a candidate to host the Olympics, and it’s where Oprah dispels her wisdom.

“When I pitched it to the people at Fox, (Chicago was) the first character I described,” Ryan said. “It’s a gorgeous town and is the most interesting architectural city in America.”

Ryan said Chicago is also a “city with a big crime problem at the moment,” which will inform the show.

Ryan said “Ridealong” will mostly take place on the streets of Chicago, and will be populated by unique people — including the central lead character, a Polish-American cop who plays up his heritage.

“There will be a few twists that make it different from other cop shows on the air and will make it Fox-like,” Ryan said.

“Ridealong” will showcase close-ended cases, “but something will happen in the pilot that will have overarching (ramifications) that we deal with over time. It will be less serialized than ‘Grey’s’ but more than ‘CSI.’ “

Ryan said “Ridealong” will also include elements of Chicago’s shady politics and underworld.

“I don’t think it will be as gritty a world as ‘The Shield’ was, but it will feel authentic,” Ryan said.

“Ridealong” comes from Ryan’s Midd Kid shingle, which he runs with Marney Hochman Nash.

The busy Ryan is behind the FX pilot “Terriers” and is an exec producer on “Lie to Me.”

Filed Under:

Follow @Variety on Twitter for breaking news, reviews and more