‘Beverly Hills Cop’ TV Series Finds a Home at CBS

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 2:01 pm,

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Just last week we learned that Eddie Murphy and The Shield creator Shawn Ryan were shopping around a Beverly Hills Cop TV series as a continuation of the original film franchise. Now the potential series has landed a pretty sweet deal on network television.

CBS has agreed to a “put-pilot” order for the series, in which Eddie Murphy will appear in addition to acting as an executive producer. This means that the pilot is guaranteed to air or CBS will have to pay a penalty to the show’s producers. This also likely means that a series order for at least one season is very likely, especially with Ryan as an executive producer.

As Variety reports, the deal comes after all four major networks made offers to land the new version of Beverly Hills Cop. The show will follow Aaron Foley (the son of Murphy’s Axel Foley character), a blue-collar cop in the land of the rich and famous, who struggles to get out of his larger-than-life father’s shadow.

Murhpy is reprising his role as the senior Foley in the pilot, and while the actor previously said he would be the chief of police, it remains to be seen if that’s still the case. One would think the chief of police would be integral enough to the show to appear in every episode, but Murphy will only appear in the pilot and maybe guest star in a few episodes every now and then. Other familiar faces from the franchise – like Judge Reinhold – would also make for some fun guest stars at some point.

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However, the question is who will play Aaron Foley? So far there’s been one clear nomination: Community star Donald Glover. If Community indeed ends up going under after the forthcoming shortened season 4 - like NBC and fans seems to think it will – Glover would be free to take on a new series. He has a great comedic sensibility, and if people were interested in his campaign to become Spider-Man, they obviously believe he can pull off action, too.

BHC has a lot of potential with Ryan on board – a decision Murphy helped foster when he decided that he wanted a seasoned cop writer rather than just a comedy writer to make the show work. Considering that a cohesive blend of crime drama and Murphy’s brand of comedy was what made the original film work so well, it’s prudent for the actor/comedian to realize that the TV version has to be more than just a straight-up comedy series.

Beverly Hills Cop will likely premiere in 2013, but stay tuned as it develops.


Source: Variety


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  1. Why would Rosewood be Chief of Police, when in BHC 3 HE WAS “Deputy Director of Operations for Joint Systems Interdepartmental Operational Command” (DDO-JSIOC)”?

    • Rosewood wouldn’t be the chief of police, and we don’t say that in the article. It’s Foley that would be the chief of police.

  2. Man it should have been a movie not a TV series. Putting it as a TV series would take away most of the racist jokes,extreme violence,and language! I don’t like this at all, I just hoped HBO would do this project at first cause it is better with them.

  3. I think it should be made by the same team who did ‘Everybody Hates Chris’ that show was hilarious and handled many themes such as rascim really well, if that was updated to a cop show it could really work, get Terry Crews in it and I’m sure the kid who plays Chris, Tyler James Williams would be old enough to play Axels son, just an idea

  4. This is awesome, I love Eddie Murphy/Foley

  5. I’m excited for this! I’m surprised it didn’t become a tv series sooner. I’d watch it. I loved the first two BHC movies and I think eddie murphy is a terrific actor when it isn’t all about him so he can actually bounce off of other actors’ reactions. And CBS is a good place for a tv series to be. Better there than FOX or ABC where series go to die (except in ABC’s world a reality show can last forever, so I’ll feel bad for S.H.I.E.L.D. when it comes to ABC and FOX is only taken seriously on Sundays).

    • ABC isn’t a bad network. Now if this series would have landed on NBC you would eventually be reading that NBC paid the penalty for not airing the pilot.

  6. Jay Pharoah as Aaron Foley. :-) I will be checking this out, though.

    • haaa now that would be great! i seriously doubt that has any chance of happening though. still, this doesn’t sound that great.

  7. Murphy would play the Chief of Police in Detroit. The series would most likely take place in Beverley Hills. So actually it would make a lot of sense for Murphy to be in the pilot, where the story would set out, and then make appearances sporadically in future episodes.

  8. Should have been a movie – but it’ll be good. We’ll get a damn fine pilot no doubt.

  9. Kevin Hart as Aaron Foley. lol

  10. I’d love to see Julian Gant play Aaron Foley!