CBS Passes on ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ Pilot – Will It Be Picked Up by Another Network?

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The formula made such perfect sense: take a celebrated action comedy film franchise (Beverly Hills Cop) and the star of that franchise (Eddie Murphy in a limited role), add a good cast with name recognition aplenty (Brandon T. Jackson, Kevin Pollack), solid producing (Shawn Ryan) and directing (Barry Sonnenfeld) talent, and the CBS’ pilot/reboot was supposed to be a sure thing.

Surprisingly, though, things have not worked out that way, and now the pilot has been passed over.

Set up as a starring vehicle for Jackson as Axel Foley’s cop son Aaron, the show would have been a one-hour action dramedy that had occasional appearances by Murphy. Now, though, that’s all put in doubt, but it seems like Sony and Paramount will shop the show elsewhere, as it had been a popular project prior to its initial deal with CBS. Where they’ll take it now remains to be seen.

Without discussing the quality of the show (though one would imagine that something had to be imperfect for CBS to pass), finding a new home could be a challenge for Ryan and company due to the calendar.

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Simply put, most networks are currently working diligently to construct their fall schedules, sifting through known quantities and new projects that they’ve had eyes on throughout the development process. For those studio execs and programmers, Beverly Hills Cop surely presents an intriguing possibility, but if the show is overly expensive or wrought with problems, it might just be easier to pass on it instead.

Of course, this project could always be sold as a mid-season solution for networks where the best laid plans can be undone once viewers pick the new shows apart. Doing that could give producers a chance to correct any issues (assuming there are any) or recast (assuming they need to).

Really, anything could happen at this point, but with Paramount’s stake in this project and in the rights to the film franchise (that they may or may not have dreams of expanding upon or rebooting someday), it seems pretty certain that they are going to do all they can to get Beverly Hills Cop on television at some point in the near future.


Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more news about the new fall line-up and Beverly Hills Cop.

Source: Deadline

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  1. This has USA Network written all over it.

    • Yup! The thing I said when I heard CBS passed on it.

  2. Just walk away and call it a day.

  3. Well at least Eddie Murphy hasn’t tarnished hi-……..crap

  4. no offense but i’ve never been in favor of movies that turned into television shows.This was never a sure thing it just wasn’t. these producers have dissed shows with far more potential than this out dated property which was effectively killed with that 1994 disaster.

    if they want to make a worthy beverly hills cop they need to get a martin breast like director and make a potent thriller with class. leaving this kinda property in the hands of television producers wreaks of desperation and those guys from “what i hear” are just as prejudiced as the judges on american idol. they’ll yank anything. that’s why i don’t even watch television anymore… i still miss THE EYE tv show that used to be on abc(ran for like 6 episodes lol). Can’t trust television producers. but this was never going to work anyway.

  5. That’s unfortunate. I was looking forward to watching this show. :\

    • Ditto. Not sure if I would have been a regular viewer, but I have fond memories of Axel Foley and I would have at least liked to see what it was like.

  6. “Beverly Hills Cop” awesome show but how another network handle this show, ok, that’s something happen in Television industry.

  7. Hopefully this will never be heard of again. Stop slaughtering classics already :-/

  8. Damn i wanted this to happen but oh well, hopefully someone picks it up. I think there’s potential where at the end of each season it leads to a movie. And the movie will set up the next season.

  9. The round-robin of movie-to-TV-show-to-Movie…or…tv-show-to-movie-to-tv-show (and often enough a Broadway version scrunched somewhere in between) is the expanding dearth of creativity/imagination on one hand and risk-adverse hedging of bets on the other. Plenty of money and technology, but a severe shortage of “guts” is what the industry (both movies and television) sorely lack. What viewers can expect — they can bet on: more of the same.

  10. Damn CBS to hell. I guess that since its not for its target audience, geriatrics, it passed on the show. Another network would be wise to pick up the show.

  11. i’d like to see the pilot put on the internet to determine level of interest.

  12. How about TNT or USA? This would had been great, I really wanted to watch this :( F**k CBS! They pick up bad shows instead of this

    • You mean One Man and a Bunch of Other People?

  13. Dammit. I hated the idea initially, but I just started coming around. Now it may not happen??

  14. Damn. Eddie Murphy has been struggling since Pluto Nash.

  15. Brandon T. Jackson can’t carry a show on a network by himself. Even with the odd Eddie Murphy cameo. This show should be on a cable network like FX. 12 or 13 episode run per season would keep the show fresh. On FX they can up the comedy, violence and diologue i.e. (cussing)

  16. Netflix.

  17. If any Eddie Murphy movie property would work as a weekly TV show, it would be The Golden Child. Although the movie itself was a mess, the basic premise was sound; a reluctant hero who becomes involved in saving mankind from demonic forces.

    It’s Supernatural meets Buffy or have the stuff currently on the CW.

  18. Amazon maybe? cant be any worse then that god awful Zombieland series
    that being said if not exactly looking forward to this i was curious and damn Eddie Murphy.. come back to us.