Fox has put in development Crooked, a drama executive produced by Peter Horton. Written/executive produced by up-and-coming writer Robert Specland, Crooked is described as a family soap with a procedural spine that explores the bonds – and corruption – of police brotherhood in New Orleans. The show, said to be inspired by true events, centers on a longtime corrupt detective who is busted, his cases overturned and a thousand of the city’s worst criminals are released back onto the streets, one case at a time. A mysterious outsider is brought in to lead a new task force with one goal: to clean up the streets. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio.
Specland came on the scene earlier this year with two feature specs: Nyad, about Diana Nyad, who swam from Cuba to Florida through the world’s most dangerous ocean wilderness, and Boy Named Sue, a revenge thriller inspired by the Johnny Cash hit. Specland pitched the idea for Crooked to Horton, who came on board to shepherd the project. Horton most recently co-created and executive produced the NBC drama series American Odyssey.