Bruckheimer Brings Police Procedural to ABC

Jerry Bruckheimer is expanding his presence at ABC with a new crime procedural.

Hopscotch is a high-concept project from writer Chris Levinson, the trades report. Details are sketchy but the series is said to tell the stories of homicide investigations over several nonconsecutive days, with each act of an episode chronicling a different day.

The new show, from Bruckheimer TV and Warner Bros. TV, comes on the heels of the premiere of the Bruckheimer-produced ABC freshman drama The Forgotten.

Levinson is executive producing with Bruckheimer and Jonathan LittmanKristieAnne Reed is a co-exec producer.

Variety reports the project wound up at ABC after several networks went after it. Insiders said the pilot commitment came thanks to a strong pitch from Levinson.

Crime-series writing is in Levinson’s blood, says The Hollywood Reporter: Her father, writer-producer Richard Levinson, and his partner, William Link, helped establish the mystery genre on TV by creating such classics as Columbo and Murder, She Wrote.

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