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‘Police’ in arrested development

John Wells show locks up NBC, WBTV

NBC and Warner Bros. TV remain locked in negotiations over the new John Wells drama “Police.”

According to insiders, the two sides have been haggling for weeks — but so far haven’t been able to come to a deal that would bring the series to the Peacock. Staffing on the show has slowed down as the two sides work on an accord.

Issues still unresolved include episodic order and license fee, as well as the show’s scheduling. NBC and Warner Bros. have kicked around both 12- and six-episode orders but are said to be far apart in determining the show’s episodic license.

Also in the mix: Wells’ and Warner Bros. TV’s “ER.” Although a longshot, it’s believed additional episodes of “ER” are on the table as well. That could impact NBC’s episodic order for “Police,” which is expected to assume the Thursday 10 p.m. slot once “ER” retires.

Given that NBC has already announced a March end date for “ER,” and the fact that contracts would have to be extended, such a scenario is unlikely.

Warner Bros. TV also produces “Chuck” for the Peacock.

As for the show’s launch date, “Police” might also be held for fall, even though it was originally developed and shot with a midseason launch in mind.

“Police” revolves around a group of Los Angeles cops. Ann Biderman created and wrote the pilot; she exec produces with Wells and Christopher Chulack, who directed. Benjamin McKenzie, Regina King and Tom Everett Scott are among the stars.

Warner Bros. TV and NBC declined comment.

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