Last fall, when an Eddie Murphy comeback was supposedly happening, Murphy gave an interview to Rolling Stone in which he said he was through with his phase of doing nothing but broad, family friendly comedies and wanted to do “edgy stuff.”
An example of said “edgy stuff” that he was thinking about doing was somehow turning the Beverly Hills Cop franchise into a network television show. Despite the alleged edginess, the premise for the Beverly Hills Cop TV show was a bit goofy and certainly involved family. At the time Murphy was saying the show would be about Axel Foley’s son, with Axel now the chief of police in Detroit.
According to an exclusive report from Vulture yesterday now there is a good chance that some version of a Beverly Hills Cop-based TV show may actually be in the works. The intriguing part is that Murphy is partnering with the excellent television writer/producer Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Terriers, many other less good shows than those two) on the project. According to Vulture, the broadcast networks began hearing Murphy and Ryan’s pitch yesterday afternoon. And, in addition to his role as executive producer, supposedly Murphy will have an on camera role as well. In the Rolling Stone interview last fall, Murphy said he’d “do the pilot, show up here and there.”
According to Vulture’s report, the Beverly Hills Cop television show will be a “buddy cop show” but will also be “an hour-long crime procedural with strong comedic elements.” Vulture’s sources also indicate that what Murphy said originally still appears to be the game plan and he will star in the pilot as well as various “special episodes” throughout the season.
According to a report on deadline.com “The proposed series has a similar fish-out-of-water setup and centers on Foley’s son who moves to Beverly Hills to escape the shadow of his legendary dad.” So it seems that a lot of the elements that Murphy talked about regarding the project last fall are still there.
As nearly every entertainment blogger has pointed out, and I can’t resist pointing out as well, this is the rare new TV show that already comes with its own built-in theme song.