’24’ Creators Hard-Boil Next FOX Project

TV News | Oct 2nd, 2005

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LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) Joel Surnow and Bob Cochran, the creators of “24,” are working on a new numbers game for FOX.
The network has given a pilot commitment to Surnow and Cochran for a drama series tentatively titled “Thirteen.” Beyond the numerical title, however, the show appears to have little in common with their real-time thriller, which enters its fifth season in January.

“Thirteen” will instead be a detective story that follows a private eye working a single case over the course of 13 episodes, the showbiz trade papers report. It will unfold at a more relaxed pace than “24” and delve into the simmering chemistry between the detective and his female client — something Cochran and Surnow haven’t had much chance to do on their current show.

Though the new show will be set in present-day Los Angeles, Cochran and Surnow plan to draw on film noir and hard-boiled detective fiction in structuring their story. The two cite everything from the Robert Mitchum-Kirk Douglas classic “Out of the Past” to “L.A. Confidential” as potential influences.
Prior to “24,” Cochran and Surnow worked together on “Falcon Crest” and “The Commish.” Cochran has also written for “L.A. Law,” “JAG” and “La Femme Nikita,” while Surnow’s credits also include “St. Elsewhere,” “Miami Vice” and “The Equalizer.” The duo won an Emmy in 2002 for writing the “24” pilot.