News: Dr. Dre Pumps A Beat Into The Music-Crime Biz W/ New FX Series
Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012 12:09PM
West Coast music icon Dr. Dre is reportedly taking his talent to the television world with a new Los Angeles-based crime drama for FX in the works.
According to reports, the program will run for 60 minutes and focus on the relationship between music and crime.
FX has bought an hourlong drama script from writer Sidney Quashie and music mogul Dr. Dre. Project explores the present-day music business in Los Angeles, and how that interacts with the city's criminal activity. Quashie and Dre will exec produce while Daniel Schnider, of Dre's shingle Crucial TV, and Brad Bertner will serve as co-exec producers. (Variety)
Reports also claim Dre's Crucial Films/Crucial TV company is involved in the deal.
Relatively fresh writer Sidney Quashi will be billed as both the creator and executive producer of the show along with Dr. Dre. Daniel Schnider (Backwash) will act as co-executive producer with Brad Bertner (The Cellar). The deal will involve Dr. Dre's Crucial Films/Crucial TV company, which was originally launched in 2007 with New Line Cinema, and currently rests under Warner Bros. (Screen Rant)
The series will serve as FX's latest since launching a slew of new programming.
FX chief John Landgraf has made developing new dramas a priority for the next year, hoping to get two additional one-hours on the schedule. The net recently ordered a drama pilot of The Bridge and is due to make a series pickup decision on spy drama The Americans starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys. (Broadcasting Cable)
Some bloggers and websites have questioned whether Doc will have to further delay his forthcoming Detox solo album in light of the series.
Beyond that, very few details are available, but it's safe to say that Dr. Dre (real name Andre Romelle Young) won't be finishing up his long-awaited album "Detox" just yet. Quashie and Dre will executive produce, with Daniel Schnider from Dre's company Crucial TV and Brad Bertner co-executive producing. What say you? Do you think Dr. Dre has the street cred to make it on the TV landscape? (Screen Crush)