Ethan Hawke is a man filled to the brim with street cred. He’s made his mark in the worlds of Disney, Richard Linklater, Denzel Washington, Shakespeare, sci-fi, and trendy ’90s misery. So anything that he signs onto has an immediate hint of promise. His newest venture is not in movies, though: the Hawke is changing his flights to television.
Hawke and Law & Order: Criminal Intent‘s headcase headliner Vincent D’Onofrio will be teaming up in a new crime drama series, Blue Tilt. In the series, Hawke and D’Onofrio will be partnered homicide detectives, dealing both with their strenuous jobs and their equally trying personal lives. One of the characters will be a divorcee, and one a married man. Both are fathers.
The title of the series suggests further internal unrest than paying alimony or marital disputes. The phrase “Blue Tilt” refers to the mental state a homicide detective can reach, as a result of his often traumatizing profession, wherein he becomes a danger to himself or others, and is therefore mandated to undergo psychiatric observation. It is not yet reported if this practice will be a recurring theme in the show, but it can be assumed that we might see Hawke and D’Onofrio taking part (willingly or otherwise) in some head-shrinking.
The series will be written by Chris Brancato (creator of First Wave, and occasional writer for the Law & Order franchise, The Outler Limits and Beverly Hills 90210, among many other series, as well as the film Species II), and will air on NBC.