NCIS star Mark Harmon helping to develop new CBS crime project

Mark HarmonApparently, NCIS and also NCIS: New Orleans are not enough when it comes to Mark Harmon and his CBS footprint.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Harmon is working alongside former Shadowhunters showrunner Ed Decter on a new adaptation of John Sandford’s best-selling Prey novels. Even if you are not particularly familiar with the source material, it feels like this is going to translate rather well for most casual viewers. The show would apparently put the focus on a Minnesota homicide detective by the name of Lucas Davenport and also Elle Krueger, someone with a number of different titles — a profiler, a nun, and also a psychology professor. After some really terrible things unfold in their lives, the two find a way to come together and combine their powers in order to ensure that they can take down some of the most-dangerous criminals in the state.

On the surface, there is one thing that we love about this show — the setting. Other than Fargo, how many other series out there really focus on Minnesota? Not many. It’d be rather fascinating if the series actually ended up filming in the area, though it’s too early to know if that is going to happen one way or another.

We also do know that mystery shows are the bread and butter of CBS, but they probably do need a few more of the traditional whodunnit types after drifting slightly into some other forms of the genre as of late. SWAT, for example, is more about the action of stopping crimes. Meanwhile, FBI is geared more towards stopping crises and the intensity of the job. We wouldn’t say that either one of these shows is really about the mystery first and foremost.

Will Mark Harmon appear in this?

On the surface, we don’t think so. Harmon is merely spreading his wings more as a producer, and this should just be something else he adds to his portfolio. It’s similar in a way that some of the upcoming projects that Michael Weatherly has in the works at CBS — if either one of them ever leaves their respective show, it’s probably not going to have anything to do with this.

If you love mystery shows, there’s a lot to be excited here provided of course that the series ends up actually coming on the air. Remember right now that this is a show that is just in the development stage. These are decisions that the network probably won’t know a whole lot about one way or another until May, which is when most formal decisions are handed down.

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