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When there's no more room left in cinemas, the dead movie franchises will play on television set as new TV series. OK, so I'm paraphrasing Romero's Dawn of the Dead, but you get my drift, don't you?
CBS has won a bidding war and will broadcast an hour-long TV series based on Beverly Hills Cop, the once-hugely popular movie that starred once-huge Hollywood star Eddie Murphy. Murphy will be involved with the new BHC TV show, both as an executive producer (along with The Shield's creator Shawn Ryan) as well as star periodically in the show.
That's right, I said "periodically". The new Beverly Hills Cop is centered on the son of Murphy's Axel Foley, 30 years on down the road from when the Detroit street-smart detective first ventured into the land of Prada and Rodeo Drive.
Shawn Ryan will showrun the new series, and he's telling people that the show will be part cop drama, part fish-out-of-water comedy. Foley's son will have the blue-collar upbringing that his dad had, and he'll feel out of place amongst the opulance and wealth of Beverly Hills, but there's no answer just yet as to how Axel Jr. will get to California or how his dad will fit into the answer.
Look for the new Beverly Hills Cop TV show to appear on CBS in the fall of 2013, if all goes well through its development process. My recommendation for when to air it: right after the new Hawaii Five-O.