Eddie Murphy as a Detroit cop turned Beverly Hills Cop spawned two solid action-comedies during the 80's, the second one coming from the late Tony Scott, finally ending with a very forgetful third movie in 1994. Turns out Mr. Murphy is a fan of nostalgia and is reportedly looking to bring Axel Foley back to life for TV series run with The Shield creator Shawn Ryan. The two are apparently taking meetings with broadcast networks all over Hollywood to get their hour-long, buddy cop show in motion.
After first learning of this pairing and the show itself, I was enthused. Beverly Hills Cop was a favorite of mine growing up, back when Murphy used to make great movies. The Shield was an underrated, 7 season series that starred Michael Chiklis as a dirty, hard-nosed L.A. cop. So why don't I like the idea of Beverly Hills Cop coming to a TV screen near me, you ask? The plot of the show is a good place to start.
The show won't center on Axel Foley, but instead, according to what Murphy told Rolling Stone last year, he'll appear on the show a few times per year.
Here's what Murphy said at the time,
"What I’m trying to do now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley’s son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit. I’d do the pilot, show up here and there. None of the movie scripts were right; it was trying to force the premise. If you have to force something, you shouldn’t be doing it. It was always a rehash of the old thing. It was always wrong."
The consensus seems to be that this police comedy/procedural will at least earn a pilot and could be successful, if picked up by the right network. I don't like the storyline whatsoever, but with Shawn Ryan and Sony Pictures Television involved it could be better than I am expecting. It'd mark the first time I've seen Eddie Murphy in anything in years, which is the main thing tempering my expectations for this. Well, that and not being interested in a show following the exploits of Axel Foley Jr.
Would you like to see this show, and if so what network would be the best fit for it?