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Fox Orders Drama Pilots from ‘Vampire Diaries’ Team, ‘Person of Interest’ Producer

Fox has ordered two new hourlong drama pilots, Variety has learned. “A.P.B” comes from “Person of Interest’s” David Slack, and “Recon” hails from “The Vampire Diaries” writer/producer Caroline Dries.

“A.P.B.” is about a tech billionaire who purchases a troubled police precinct in the wake of a loved one’s murder. The series will explore if the eccentric and enigmatic figure’s cutting-edge approach can fix the broken ways of the blue blooded veterans.

Slack, who’s a co-exec producer and writer on “Person of Interest,” wrote the pilot and will exec produce the project, along with Len Wiseman who is attached to direct. “A.P.B.” keeps Wiseman in the Fox family, as he co-created the network’s “Sleepy Hollow.” 20th Century Fox is the studio.

“Recon” revolves around a rookie FBI agent who embeds herself in a suspected terrorist family. Dries penned the script and will serve as an exec producer on the potential series with Williamson and Plec, co-creators of “Vampire Diaries.” Warner Bros. TV and Williamson’s Outerbanks Entertainment will produce.

Both pilots join Fox’s slate of dramas in contention for the 2016-17 season, which include a new spin on “The Exorcist,” female-led baseball drama “Pitch,” an untitled girl band music project from “Empire’s” Lee Daniels and the “24” revival series, which will star Corey Hawkins. The network has also greenlit two event series: “Shots Fired,” starring Sanaa Lathan, which aims to reflect recent racial tensions surrounding police shootings making headlines, and the hotly-anticipated return of “Prison Break.”

For detailed information on all of this year’s pilots, see Variety’s Pilot Scorecard.

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