Aaron Kaplan Developing 1970’s Police Drama for CBS (EXCLUSIVE)

CBS is developing a police drama hailing from mega-producer Aaron Kaplan, Alexandra Lydon and Niels Mueller who will pen the script, Variety has learned exclusively.

Kaplan, Lydon and Mueller will all exec produce the potential series from CBS Television Studios.

The untitled show revolves around a unique, highly effective task force comprised entirely of African-American police officers, which was assembled in the early 1970s by the Boston Police Commissioner to more effectively prevent and solve crimes in previously neglected areas of the city.

Before selling this project to CBS this development cycle, Kaplan and Lydon had worked together on another police drama, “Broad Squad,” which ABC ordered to pilot last cycle, in contention for the 2015-16 television season. Though both are inspired by true stories and strike similarities, Mueller’s untitled CBS show is an entirely new project with different auspices attached. Lydon had brought “Broad Squad” to Kaplan last pilot season, and this year, she came back to the “Secrets & Lies” exec producer with Mueller’s project, which goes back to the east coast in the ’70s.

For CBS, the development marks a continuation in business with Kaplan, who is an exec producer on the network’s freshman fall family sitcom “Life in Pieces,” which recently received a full first season order. He also has a comedy in the works at CBS with Liz Feldman, titled “Hello Again.”

For Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, the police project is one of many in development this year. Besides “Hello Again,” Kaplan’s shingle is behind a comic book drama at NBC, starring “Harry Potter’s” Rupert Grint, plus a slew of ABC projects — “Crush,” a drama from “Taken” writer Robert Kamen; “House of Moore,” a fashion dramedy with Felicity Huffman attached; and “Monstropolis.”

Coming up, Kaplan will exec produce Sarah Jessica Parker’s HBO series “Divorce” and the Nicki Minaj comedy series at ABC Family where his series “Kevin From Work” premiered this past summer. Currently, Kaplan is an exec producer on NBC’s “Mysteries of Laura” and ABC’s “Secrets & Lies,” which has been renewed for a second season.

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