Andrew Wallenstein with Reuters News is reporting on cable channel TNT’s plans to create a reality television show that would follow the professional adventures of a real-life private investigator.
The Reuters News story is reprinted below —
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – TNT may be ready for a real-life detective to join its programming roster of fictional sleuths.
The top-rated cable network is developing a one-hour reality series that would follow an actual private eye conducting an investigation, sources said.
The untitled project, which will be considered for a pilot order in the summer, would represent a departure for TNT, which stocks its primetime entirely with crime dramas like original series “The Closer” and syndicated fare like “Law & Order.” It will be produced by Bunim/Murray Prods., the firm behind “The Real World” and “The Simple Life.”
But sources suggest that the project doesn’t represent a new direction for TNT, just an experiment the network felt comfortable making with a veteran production outfit like Bunim/Murray. The crime-oriented subject matter also is in keeping with the TNT brand.
The series also was pitched to TNT in the noirish vein of “The Maltese Falcon,” incorporating such classic gumshoe-genre conventions as the weary voice-over, saxophone-drenched score and, of course, the sexy secretary. A few real-life modern-day Humphrey Bogarts drawn from a nationwide talent search are being considered for the lead role.
TNT declined comment.