Police procedurals are the bread and butter of broadcast network drama. Shows with acronym-heavy names like NCIS and Law and Order: SVU are littered across the primetime network landscape and draw in large numbers of viewers, and thus large amounts of advertising revenue.
It’s no surprise, then, that notoriously risk-averse broadcast network executives have tried their hardest to cash in on the popularity of those police procedurals by applying their formula to any number of properties, from natural fits like Sherlock Holmes in CBS’s Elementary to less natural fits like Sleepy Hollow and Lucifer. It was even revealed recently that NBC wanted The Walking Dead as a police procedural, which to fans of the show might be a more horrifying possibility than an actual zombie apocalypse.
According to THR, the latest well-worn tale to get the police procedural treatment is the legend of King Arthur. The site is reporting that FOX is teaming up with The Jackal Group’s Gail Berman and Joe Earley to develop Camelot, a show which reimagines the legendary king’s heroic adventures in the modern era:
“When an ancient magic reawakens in modern-day Manhattan, a graffiti artist named Art must team with his best friend Lance and his ex, Gwen — an idealistic cop — in order to realize his destiny and fight back against the evil forces that threaten the city.”
Screenwriters Dan Frey and Ru Sommer created the project and will write the pilot as well as executive produce alongside Berman and Earley. The Jackal Group also has two other projects in the works with FOX: The Rocky Horror Picture Show remake and a comedy called Mattress World.
The plot synopsis given by THR raises some questions: Will the street-smart graffiti artist Art also be into skateboarding and be a bit of a wisecracker? Will there be an on-again, off-again love triangle between Art, his best friend Lance, and his ex-girlfriend Gwen? Will Camelot at some point cross over with Sleepy Hollow for maximum synergy between shows about well-known figures fighting ancient evils that have reawakened in the modern day? None of these questions has yet been answered, but one can hope that the answer to all three of them is “yes.”
Broadcast networks love police procedurals, and they love remaking intellectual properties that are in the public domain so they don’t have to pay any licensing fees for them. Camelot has both of those things going for it, so the likelihood of it getting a full season order from FOX is pretty high.
Screen Rant will provide updates on Camelot as more information becomes available.