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Neal Baer Developing FBI Procedural at Fox (EXCLUSIVE)

Fox is developing a FBI procedural drama with Neal Baer and writer Cathryn HumphrisVariety has learned exclusively.

The untitled, hourlong series is described as a character-driven procedural that follows a newly-assembled FBI task force — a distinguished cop, a hard-driving lawyer, a psychologist and a social media expert — as they travel the country investigating and solving hate crimes. The team’s goal is to bring justice to those who have been wronged and foster healing in the communities that have been fractured by the hate crimes, even as cases bring up old wounds and personal demons for the agents.

The subject matter and format is familiar territory for Baer, who served as showrunner on “Law & Order: SVU” for 11 seasons. The TV vet was also writer and showrunner on “ER.”

For Humphris, the project marks her first solo-written series. She got her start on “Supernatural,” and her other writing credits include “Mad Men,” “Elementary,” Sarah Michelle Gellar’s “Ringer” and “Mob Doctor,” which aired on Fox. She worked with Baer for two years on “Under the Dome,” becoming a co-exec producer on the fan-favorite CBS summer series on which Baer was showrunner.

Humphris and Baer will serve as executive producers, while Jessica Shulman, who runs Baer Bones Prods., will serve as co-exec producer.

Fox nabbed the project with a script plus penalty commitment. Baer’s production company Baer Bones is behind the potential series, along with 20th Century Fox Television. This summer, Baer inked a deal with the studio.

Humphris and Baer are both repped by UTA.

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