Robert DeNiro's crime drama gets CBS pilot order

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Yes, that Robert DeNiro.

The master thespian’s TV project Rookies just got a pilot greenlight at CBS.

DeNiro is teaming with crime novelist Richard Price (Clockers) on the show, which follows — what else? — six NYPD newbie cops who balance their personal lives with learning the mean streets of Manhattan.

Little Fockers producer Jane Rosenthal is an executive producer on the show along with Price and DeNiro, with CBS TV Studios as the production company. Let’s update the list of pilots in the running for next season .


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  • Matt

    Another crime drama from CBS. I would have never guessed it.

    • FromChicago

      Couldn’t he have come up with something more “original”?

      • DTO

        Sure, it’s a total formula, but Richard Price is involved. He’s a good crime novelist who has also worked with David Simon on THE WIRE. Still, this isn’t HBO and CBS audiences, given the success of the CSIs and NCISs, don’t like anything nuanced or complex. So, on second thought, you guys are right.

      • Bob

        Dead on DTO, if this was HBO I would be extremely excited. De Niro, a Wire alum, etc – but I’ll be surprised if this turns out to be much. Network TV sucks for drama.

    • wordsdontmatter

      what is the obsession with all these cop shows?

      It seems like some sort of brain washing ..little gramscian hegemonic cultural domination..

      but seriously I dont like cops, and they are not looking out for us like on these shows..

      its crazy.. cops and the kardashians should be a new movie!

    • LuisPJ

      No..another NYPD crime drama from CBS hahaha

  • Bee

    ^ seriously. outside its comedies, all CBS shows are like the same thing. idk how they keep fooling people with the same formula over and over.

    • DTO

      Their comedies are all laugh-track fueled and based on simple, warmed-over premises. Charlie Sheen’s a cad! Nerds are nerdy! Don’t expend all your creativity in one place now.

    • nextpre3

      No, even their comedies are all the same.

  • Brett

    There’s literally nothing original about this concept.

  • CJ

    uhhh…Rookie Blue set in the USA???

    • wordsdontmatter

      someone needs to start counter culturing and making some more crime criminal dramas..

      “good guys” lose in miami could be a name..

      • roger yargah

        Someone has. For those interested in some good novels, Tim Dorsey writes a series of novels about a serial killer and his drugged up sidekick which are histerical and biting. If I were a network exec, I’d be contacting him (in the mean time, of course, you can always read the novels).

  • Avie

    Bummer, headline made me think that De Niro himself would be in it. Doesn’t sound like anything special to me.

  • Lucy

    nothing can beat Southland!!

    • RadioPirate

      “The Wire” beats it like a used drum.

      • kacey

        The Shield beats both like a red headed stepchild.

  • Clete

    Well,let me guess. One will be female, one will be black, another one will probably be Hispanic, one will probably be gay and the last one will be a straigh arrow white guy. What a novel concept.

    • null

      roflmfao. They said SIX rookies, your formula only counts for 5…..Wheres the sixth?

      • David B.

        The last one is Asian.

    • wordsdontmatter

      an an alaskian canadian police chief..

    • Nona

      A jaded attorney who wants to fight crime on the front lines as a rookie cop… Oh boy!

  • Jon

    Do any of you people actually read novels and not just watch TV? This is from RICHARD PRICE, for the love of God. He’s one of America’s best novelist, and his (award-winning, best-selling) novels (which are often about cops and crimes and inner cities) are absolutely brilliant. “Clockers,” “Freedomland,” “Samaritan.” And, as someone already pointed out, he worked on “The Wire.” Anything Price is involved in is worth a look.

    • jmacc77

      which is all well and good in it’s unadulterated form. allow corporate prime-time execs get their hands on it, and it’ll be a watered down, bastardized remake of so many other “dramas”

    • Vince

      Yes many of us read, but we are not talking about Price novels nor are we talking about a cable TV drama.
      We are talking about a drama that will be on CBS, and at best will have some legs due to the principles involved. It will be watered down, formulaic, and will be gobbled up by middle america as being “edgy” and “real”.

    • wordsdontmatter

      who cares..let him write some more books we have not read..

  • ncmacasl

    wasn’t there “The Rookies” in the
    ’70’s, and a “Rookies” Reality show a few years back??

  • Nick

    Jon you are absolutely right “Clockers” Was one of the best books I have ever read. His name will get me to watch & see.

  • Vic Nardozza

    Whether it be as producer or actor, DeNiro’s phoning it in for years.

  • Ryan

    This sounds lame. If I have to have rookies, I’d rather NBC bring back Third Watch. Some veterans, some rookies. Great show

    • Coach

      Who cares DeNiro is in it should be worth taking a look at.But nothing will ever top the Closer!!

      • Ryan

        No DeNiro is not IN it. He’s producing


    Uuhh… enough with the Cop television shows.

  • John

    How about a little more Sherlock Holmes type mysteries. A thinking mans mystery. (of course with a little bit of action)

  • Richard Harris

    Richard Price is writing it? So you mean they should have called it, “Meet the Clockers”?

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