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Screenwriter Richard Price Of THE WIRE, MAD DOG, SEA OF LOVE, SHAFT & RANSOM Fame Developing CBS Crime Drama!!

Published at: Oct. 12, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

I am – Hercules Novelist-screenwriter Richard Price, author of many an episode of “The Wire,” has sold a new pilot script to CBS. Price’s association with “The Wire” not enough to get you excited about this? Some of the big-screen projects Price has written: The Color of Money New York Stories Sea of Love Night and the City Mad Dog and Glory Kiss of Death Clockers Ransom Shaft Freedomland (I know a lot of moviegoers ignored “Mad Dog” and “Kiss of Death” when they hit cinemas, but HOT DANG those were fine motion pictures!) Price's proposed series is titled "Rookies" and deals with newbie cops working bad neighborhoods. The bad news is CBS lately has a way of common-denominatoring great writers and getting them to crank out their least-distinguished work. Witness David Mamet’s “The Unit” or the Tom Selleck vehicle “Blue Bloods,” which has a pair of key “Northern Exposure”-“Sopranos” vets writing it. Find Deadline’s stories on the matter here.
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  • Oct. 12, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST

    First

    by Gigabrian

    Why not? No-one else did.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    It is on CBS, it is going to be watered down crap

    by Saen

    Like all CBS shows are. If this was going to be on HBO or FX I would get excited for it; but no other channel is going to take a chance on a crime show that is not easily viewed procedural fluff.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 9 p.m. CST

    What are you crazy? The Unit was awesome.

    by SID 8.0

    One of the best shows CBS ever had.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST

    CBS Crime Drama? No, you don't say.

    by kabong

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 9:39 p.m. CST

    SID 8.0

    by Hercules

    But was it as good as "The Bear" or "The Untouchables" or "Glengarry Glen Ross" or "Spartan"?

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 11:06 p.m. CST

    If there is one thing we need more of...

    by Nemesis Enforcer

    it is crime dramas...

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Something has bugged me about Price...

    by schlockthemonkey

    Does he have club hands or some similar defect? around the time the Clockers novel came out, there was a piece on him in Details mag about how he researched the novel by going off with cops on patrols. The interviewer talked to one cop and all I remember is the cop saying "Richard Price? oh, you mean that dude with the deformed hand?" OR something along thsoe lines, It's been a long time since I read that interview.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 5:47 a.m. CST

    Glengarry no, but it you could see the outgrowth

    by SID 8.0

    from Spartan. Which along with The Untouchables are my personal favorites.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 5:50 a.m. CST

    Besides selling real estate can never be compared

    by SID 8.0

    to say saving the President or taking down terrorists on airliner in flight. I still miss that show.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    CBS Crime Drama

    by oisin5199

    or as it's otherwise known, EVERY SHOW ON CBS.