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NBC Making Police Procedural About Thomas Edison Fighting Crime

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Showing little reverence for history--save for their own rich tradition of making bad decisions about what should be on television--NBC and Sony Pictures Television are developing a series in which a young Thomas Alva Edison will be re-imagined as a man patenting inventions for the benefit of crime-busting.

Titled Edison, the procedural will take place in 1880s Manhattan, where Longmire writer Daniel C. Connolly will imagine "the under-trained and under-equipped New York Police force" are in need of a certain someone's "inventor instincts and retro-cool devices." ("Let's interrogate this suspect under a harsh light, right after I invent a retro-cool viable light bulb," for example) Deadline notes that the tone is said to be evocative of the recent Sherlock Holmes films, though easier parallels could probably be drawn to similar recent and upcoming revisionist histories like ABC's failed crimefighting Poe pilot, Gary Ross's action-thriller take on Houdini, Abe Lincoln: Dracula Axer, or any of the myriad Leonardo da Vinci projects looking to repeat The Tick's success in depicting the inventor-artist as a potential action figure. As for Edison's casting, all that's currently known is Matthew Perry definitely would be up for that next after Go On is canceled.

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