×

CBS Picks Up ’40-Year-Old Rookie’ Script From Brian Burns (EXCLUSIVE)

Brian Burns, executive producer of CBS’s “Blue Bloods,” has sold a script for another police procedural to the network, with plans to shoot the pilot early next year, Variety has learned.

Burns told Variety that the series is tentatively titled “40-Year-Old Rookie” and is a father/son story about a former criminal defense attorney who, in order to clear his conscience and be on the right side of justice, becomes a 40-year-old rookie cop working alongside his son in the same precinct. Burns will executive produce, along with Eric and Kim Tannenbaum of The Tannenbaum Company.

“The lead character has a very Jerry Maguire moment and realizes his life is unfulfilling as an attorney despite the money,” Burns told Variety.

Burns has been with “Blue Bloods,” starring Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, and Tom Selleck, since its 2010 launch and written 20 episodes. He’s also one of the writers on the Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg comedy “Daddy’s Home,” which Paramount will release on Christmas.

Burns has continued to draw on his own life for his projects. His father, Edward J. Burns, was an NYPD sergeant and his brother is filmmaker Edward Burns — and the brothers are married to sisters.

Brian Burns’ marriage to Kelly Turlington is part of the inspiration for “Daddy’s Home,” which centers on a stepdad’s life being turned upside down when the children’s biological father comes back into their life. Burns conceived the idea for the film in 2008 while he was dealing with becoming a stepdad.

“I was terrified about it,” he recalled. “I’m very analytical and he’s energetic. It’s surreal how close Will Ferrell came to being me. I’m so super-nerdy.”

His stepchildren are now 21 and 18, and he and Turlington also have two boys, aged seven and five. The entire family plans to attend the Dec. 13 premiere in New York.

“So many children are in blended families now,” Burns added. “Sometimes it really does take a village.”

Prior to working on “Blue Bloods,” Burns wrote and produced for HBO’s “Entourage.” He made his feature film writing and directing debut in 2002 with “You Stupid Man,” starring Milla Jovovich and David Krumholtz.

More TV

  • Alexander van Dülmen

    Alexander van Duelmen Talks 'Merkel,' Upcoming Films, Series

    The most defining and far-reaching decision made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her 15 years in office is the focus of a new film making its debut at Berlin’s European Film Market. “Merkel — Anatomy of a Crisis,” directed by Stephen Wagner, stars Imogen Kogge as the German leader during the dramatic days leading [...]

  • Samantha Bee Writers Office

    Samantha Bee Vows to Keep 'Full Frontal' Viewers Laughing on Road to 2020 Election

    Many late-night hosts have regular segments they can turn to again and again to get laughs. Seth Meyers has “A Closer Look.” Jimmy Kimmel has “Mean Tweets.” Jimmy Fallon has his “Thank You Notes.” And James Corden has “Carpool Karaoke.” On “Full Frontal,” one of TBS’ late-night entries, host Samantha Bee has none of those [...]

  • Trevor Noah91st Annual Academy Awards, Roaming

    Nickelodeon, Time Launch 'Kid of The Year' Awards

    Time Magazine created a franchise out of its annual “Person of the Year” issue. Now it hopes to do something similar for the younger set. Nickelodeon and Time will launch a “Kid of the Year” honor, a year-long effort that will include a TV special simulcast on both Nickelodeon and CBS, each part of ViacomCBS. [...]

  • ATYPICAL

    'Atypical' Renewed for Fourth and Final Season at Netflix

    “Atypical” is coming to an end at Netflix, with the streamer renewing the half-hour series for a fourth and final season on Monday. The new season will feature 10 episodes and will premiere in 2021. The third season debuted back in November, with the second and first seasons dropping in 2018 and 2017 respectively. “I’m [...]

  • Jason Segel

    Jason Segel on his AMC Series 'Dispatches' and Working Outside Studio Model

    “How I Met Your Mother” and “Sex Tape” actor Jason Segel has said it was a “magical midlife crisis” that inspired his new AMC series “Dispatches From Elsewhere,” in which the actor was able to take creative control and work outside of studio constraints. Segel, who was speaking Monday as part of a keynote address [...]

  • Lay's Potato Chips Bets on 'The

    Lay's Potato Chips Bets on 'The Voice,' Coachella and Snapchat

    For the next several weeks, John Legend’s favorite snack is likely to be a bag of Lay’s Potato Chips. Viewers of NBC’s “The Voice” will see the famous musician in an assortment of videos telling them about a range of new flavors for the snack that range from cheddar jalapeno, sea salt and vinegar Poppable [...]

  • Oliver-Berben-and-Uli-Edel

    Constantin TV, ZDF, Global Screen Team on 'The Palace' (EXCLUSIVE)

    BERLIN — Constantin Film, the No. 1 German independent behind the “Resident Evil” franchise, is teaming with German public broadcaster ZDF to produce “The Palace,” (“Friedrichstadt-Palast”) a period drama set at the celebrated Berlin music hall. Global Screen will handle international distribution. “Last Exit to Brooklyn’s” Uli Edel will re-team with Constantin Television, directing the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content