FOX has given a cast-contingent order to Luther, based on the BBC drama of the same name, in addition to ordering pilots for two one-hour dramas, Frankenstein and Rosewood, as well as half-hour comedy 48 Hours ‘Til Monday.
If picked up to series, all four shows would air during the 2015-2016 season.
Luther centers on a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can’t always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions. The series comes from the same creative team behind the BBC hit starring Idris Elba.
Elba is not slated for an onscreen role, but will executive produce. BBC series creator Neil Cross will also executive produce in addition to penning the pilot for the Twentieth Century Fox TV, BBC Worldwide Productions and Chernin Entertainment production.
Twentieth Century Fox TV one-hour dramas Frankenstein and Rosewood have both received traditional pilot orders.
Frankenstein follows Ray Pritchard, a morally corrupt ex cop brought back from the dead and given a second chance. Now both younger and stronger, Pritchard must choose between his old temptations and a new sense of purpose.
Frankestien was created by Rand Ravich (Crisis) and Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24). Ravich will pen the pilot.
Rosewood is described as a close-ended, investigative drama centering on the brilliant Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr., the top private pathologist in all of Miami who finds the secrets in bodies that others usually miss. Despite being constantly surrounded by death Rosewood is obsessed with life and his eternal optimism will frustrate the cynical female detective he often works with.
The drama comes from Wyck Godfrey (Revenge) and Marty Bowen of Temple Hill Entertainment. Psych‘s Todd Harthan will pen the script and executive produce.
Meanwhile, 48 Hours ‘Til Monday — a half-hour a single-camera comedy from Universal TV — will focus on one husband’s desperate struggle to not let every weekend go completely to hell. The Daily Show’s Charlie Grandy will write the pilot while also serving as an executive producer alongside Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan.
Both Traugott and Kaplan worked together on ABC’s Manhattan Love Story and NBC’s Do No Harm.
The orders follow recently announced pilots for Minority Report and cast-contingent Runner, as well as Ryan Murphy’s straight-to-series pickup Scream Queens.