TNT Orders Ten Episodes of Steven Bochco Drama 'Murder In The First' Starring Taye Diggs & Kathleen Robertson

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September 19th, 2013

Murder in the First

via press release:

TNT Greenlights New Steven Bochco Drama Murder in the First,

Starring Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson


TNT has greenlit Murder in the First, a new scripted drama from Emmy®-winner Steven Bochco and starring Taye Diggs (Private Practice) and Kathleen Robertson (Boss). Co-created by Bochco and Eric Lodal (The Locrian Mode), Murder in the First also stars Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Mimi Kirkland (Safe Haven), Raphael Sbarge (Once Upon a Time), Ian Anthony Dale (Hawaii Five-0), Bess Rous (What Just Happened) and Steven Weber (Dallas, Wings).


TNT has ordered 10 episodes of Murder in the First, which is being produced by TNT Originals. Bochco serves as executive producer, with Lodal as co-executive producer. The series is slated to premiere on TNT in summer 2014. TBS International will handle distribution to regions outside the United States and Canada.


Set in San Francisco, Murder in the First will follow a single case across an entire season. The drama centers on homicide detectives Terry English (Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Robertson) as they investigate the murder of an apparent drug addict. The mystery deepens, however, when the victim is found to have a connection to Silicon Valley wunderkind Erich Blunt (Felton), the celebrated CEO of a cutting-edge tech firm. The timing couldn’t be worse for Blunt, who is preparing to take his company public. He's also being sued by a software developer who claims Blunt stole his code for a revolutionary new hologram system.


Terry and Hildy's fellow detectives in their squad include philosopher-cop David Molk (Sbarge) The squad is supervised by Lt. Jim Koto (Dale). On the home front, Hildy is a single mom with an inquisitive daughter (Kirkland). Terry, meanwhile, is struggling to take care of his terminally ill wife, Emily, played by guest star Anne-Marie Johnson (JAG, In the Heat of the Night). Working for Blunt are Bill Wilkerson (Weber), his driver and pilot, and Ivana West (Rous), the company's chief technology officer.


"Murder in the First sets up an engrossing, season-long mystery that's certain to appeal to TNT fans," said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "We are thrilled to be working with Steven Bochco once again. We look forward to seeing this fascinating mystery unspool in the hands of Steven, Eric Lodal and the incredible cast and crew of Murder in the First."


Murder in the First is one of four new scripted dramas coming to TNT. On Wednesday, Dec. 4, TNT will launch the eagerly anticipated series event Mob City, starring Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) and executive-produced by Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead, The Shawshank Redemption). And next summer will mark the premieres of the action-packed dramas The Last Ship, starring Eric Dane (Grey's Anatomy) and executive-produced by Michael Bay (Transformers), and Legends, starring Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings) and executive-produced by Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24).


About TNT


TNT is television's destination for drama. Seen in 99 million households and ranking among cable's top networks, TNT is home to such original drama series as Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes, Falling Skies, Perception, Dallas, Franklin & Bash and King & Maxwell, as well as the upcoming Mob City, Legends and The Last Ship. The network also features dramatic unscripted originals like Cold Justice, Boston's Finest, The Hero, 72 Hours and the upcoming Marshal Law: Texas, Save Our Business, Inside Job and Nashville Confidential (working title). In addition, TNT is the cable home to popular dramas like Hawaii Five-0, Castle, The Mentalist, Bones and Supernatural; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.


TNT is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. Turner Broadcasting creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

  • Sara Bibel

    This sounds like the exact same show as Bochco’s Murder One from the 1990s starring Daniel Benzali. I wonder why (other than whatever legal rights issues are involved with that title) TNT isn’t just calling this a reboot.

  • Colin

    Finally something interesting on TNT!

  • DonJ1973

    Summer 2014? TNT has a busy summer planned with this, Last Ship, Legends, Major Crimes, Perception, Rizzoli and Isles & Falling Skies

    I have to assume this means that Franklin and Bash and King and Maxwell are definitely cancelled. No room on the summer schedule now.

  • DonJ1973

    My prediction for TNT’s summer 2014 schedule


    Falling Skies: 9pm

    The Last Ship: 10pm


    Major Crimes: 9pm

    Murder in the First: 10pm


    Rizzoli & Isles: 9pm

    Legends: 10pm


    Perception: 9pm

    King and Maxwell or new drama: 10pm

  • Pat

    I agree, @DonJ1973.

    King & Maxwell did alright with total viewers, but season 1 did not even average a 0.5 in the 18-49 demo…which is awful, even for an older skewing network like TNT. Franklin and Bash did better in the demo, just under a 0.7…but the total viewer average was only 2.2 million for season 3. Both will now probably get the ax. I also think TNT will cancel 72 Hours and The Hero.

    Now that they are ramping up their original programming, the pressure will be on for Mob City and Dallas this winter to perform well plus all of the new unscripted shows Marshal Law: Texas, Save Our Business, Inside Job and Nashville Confidential.

  • DonJ1973

    I don’t think there is any chance that F&B comes back. It’s a Sony show and it’s already been given 3 seasons without much ratings growth.

    I think there is a slim chance King and Maxwell comes back, but only if they don’t greenlight a new drama.

    Legends and Murder in the 1st could go either way being paired with Major Crimes and R&I.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    When is Dallas coming back?

  • PartylikeaPumpkin

    So this is Murder One from back in the day with a new name? Okay, got it.

  • tv#1

    So I think TNT’s Summer 2014 Line up could look something like this…

    Last Ship
    Falling Skies

    Rizzoli and Isles
    Major Crimes


    Murder in the First
    King and Maxwell

    My guess is they will use the new shows to help prop up their older shows. Also, I think Legends and Perception will pair better because they are more male skewing, where as R&I and MC are more female skewing.

  • tv#1

    @ AllOfHerTw!st

    I believe Dallas comes back in January.

  • tv#1

    This show sounds pretty good though. I like the premise and cast. I am definitely interested in giving it a try. I especially like how it will be serialized. I hope TNT focuses more on serials in the future.

  • EatMorePez

    Murder One was about a criminal trial, while Murder in the First will focus on a police investigation. One was lawyers, the other is detectives. How is that the same show? This sounds more like The Killing or The Bridge. (And no, I’m not comparing Veena Sud to Steven Bochco.)

  • Dude

    i still have king and maxwell on my dvr and am actually just waiting on the news regarding renewal/cancellation to either start or delete it.

  • Pat

    I read online Dallas comes back at the end of February, right after the Winter Olympics wrap up so it won’t go up against it in the ratings. Also I saw on one of their fan sites that the season may be split into two, like Rizzoli and Isles, Major Crimes, and Perception do now, with half airing in Feb, March, April and the remaining half airing in July/Aug/Sept

    I don’t see how King & Maxwell survives or Franklin and Bash.

    TNT will definitely use their strong shows to prop up their new ones, they do that now to mixed effect.

    My summer 2014 prediction for them is:


    9 pm Falling Skies
    10 pm The Last Ship

    Monday 9 pm Major Crimes
    Monday 10 pm Murder in the First

    Tuesday 9 pm Rizzoli & Isles
    Tuesday 10 pm Legends

    Wednesday 9 pm Either a new pilot or the second half of Dallas
    Wednesday 10 pm Perception

    And don’t forget TNT has been trying to break into reality programming, so one or two of those shows may pop up in the summer too.

  • Julia

    This new show sounds interesting, but it’s no substitute for “Leverage.”

  • Ogla Sungutay

    Yes, as some folks here already pointed out, this is another nail in the coffin for K & M and F & B.

  • artzylady

    If Bocho did it, I won’t watch it. Really dislike that guy!

  • Aeiouy

    Kathleen Robinson was so hot in Boss.

  • USAmerica1st

    King & Maxwell replacement show? Looks interesting, I’ll give it a shot. @Aelouy, it’s Kathleen ‘Robertson’ and she was smoking hot in those eyeglasses and those dresses in Boss.

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