The CW is developing Marlowe, a drama series from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.

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Written by Devon Greggory (CSI: Cyber), Marlowe is not based on the famous Raymond Chandler character Philip Marlowe but on the real-life African-American private investigator — a Jamaican immigrant and World War I veteran — who allegedly inspired him. Marlowe is a character-based procedural with a modern feel and contemporary soundtrack and follows Samuel Marlowe from the mansions and red carpets of Beverly Hills to the jazz clubs and back alleys of Little Harlem, where he navigates crimes, mysteries and social issues ripped from today’s headlines through the prism of 1937 Los Angeles.

Kaplan executive produces with Louise Ransil, who had researched Samuel Marlow and brought the project to Kaplan, as well as Dana Honor; Greggory co-executive produces. The drama, from CBS TV Studios, was originally developed at the CW last season with a different writer.