'Murder in the First': Steven Bochco and full-season murder come back to TV

murder-in-the-first-tca-kathleen-robertson-taye-diggs-tnt.jpgTNT's next crime drama, "Murder in the First," brings back producer Steven Bochco while moving into brand-new territory with a full-season murder mystery. The cast and producers presented the upcoming show at the 2014 Television Critics Association on Friday (Jan. 10).

"Murder in the First" follows San Francisco homicide detectives Terry English ( Taye Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan ( Kathleen Robertson) during the investigation of a drug-related murder that somehow connects to a high-powered CEO in Silicon Valley.

Set to air in the summer of 2014, "Murder in the First" will comprise only 10 episodes and will focus on a single crime -- think "The Killing," only with a solution to the crime and less rain. Bochco explained how the shorter season may be essential for making the full-season crime show work. 

"You're really struggling to make every episode in the service to the overall story," he says of his old standard of 20-26 episodes per season. With the shorter season, "It really eliminates the necessity of filler. ... It also gives us much more time to think about what we're doing, to craft our scripts."

Bochco would know -- his 1990s series, "Murder One," had a similar format spread out over a full network season.

One of the other notable features of "Murder in the First" is the depiction of Detective Mulligan as a female cop with a rather messy home life. "The female point-of-view of what the job really entails and the dichotomy between having to go to work and deal with the worst of the worst of the worst, and then have to go home and be vulnerable and accessible to a child isn't something I've seen done much on TV," Robertson says of her character in the show.

The other notable feature of "Murder in the First"? The cast: Diggs, Robertson, Tom Felton (you know him as Draco Malfoy), Raphael Sbarge, Ian Anthony Dale, Steven Weber and Richard Schiff.

Although we have a long time to wait for this one -- "Murder in the First" doesn't even begin filming until February -- the show may be worth it.

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