Scribe Charles Murray, fresh off ABC’s “V,” has landed a pair of projects in development for next season.
At CBS, Murray is working on a crime procedural based on Steven James book “The Pawn.” And at A&E, Murray is mapping out a supernatural series under working title “The Unseen.”
“The Pawn,” being developed at the Eye through ABC Studios, centers on Patrick Bowers, an FBI agent who uses modern technology and geospatial investigative techniques (which uses the specific time and place of a crime) to track criminals and their victims.
Murray is exec producing along with Michael Goldstein and Michael Larkin (“44 Minutes”).
“One of my agents brought the book to me, and I tore through it that weekend,” Murray said. “I’m a huge Sherlock Holmes fan, and I felt like everyone’s getting to use Sherlock devices except copshows. This takes Sherlock and puts him in the cop world.”
As for “The Unseen,” Murray will write and exec produce with Jon Turteltaub (“Jericho”), Dan Shotz and Karim Zreik.
CBS TV Studios and Turteltaub’s Junction Entertainment are behind the project, which centers on a cop and a psychology professor who case paranormal activity — believing that the events are being caused by something that originated during the time of the 13 original colonies.
Murray said he came up with the idea after A&E told him they were looking for a scripted paranormal series.
“I started putting the idea together,” he said. “It’s a little ‘Paranormal State,’ ‘The Glades’ and ‘Criminal Minds.'”
Those shows, of course, are all staples of A&E’s schedule.
Besides “V,” Murray’s TV credits include “Third Watch,” “Daybreak,” “Criminal Minds” and “Castle.”