A&E will pick up "Those Who Kill," its shot-in-Pittsburgh pilot, to series. Production on the show likely is to begin in Pittsburgh in August with episodes expected to air on the cable channel sometime in early 2014.
A&E representatives would not officially confirm the series order but an announcement is expected within a few weeks.
A&E ordered 10 episodes for the first seasons of its dramas "Bates Motel" and "Longmire." A similar order for "Those Who Kill" would mark the largest scripted TV series order to date for a program made in Pittsburgh.
Written by Glen Morgan ("The X-Files," "The River") and based on a Danish series, the "Those Who Kill" pilot stars Chloe Sevigny ("Big Love," "American Horror Story") and James D'Arcy ("Cloud Atlas," "Secret Diary of a Call Girl").
Ms. Sevigny plays Pittsburgh police detective Catherine Jensen, who teams with forensic profiler Thomas Schaeffer (Mr. D'Arcy) to solve murders. The pilot's supporting players include James Morrison ("24") as Capt. Frank Bisgaard, Jensen's boss, and Kerry O'Malley ("Shameless"), who will play the precinct forensic pathologist and Jensen's best friend.
The show is produced by Fox 21, the 20th Century Fox division that is responsible for making cable dramas such as FX's "Sons of Anarchy" and Showtime's "Homeland."
The "Those Who Kill" pilot filmed locally in December and in January A&E president Bob DeBitetto said Pittsburgh looks fantastic in the pilot.
"It's a cast member," he said. "It's rich, it's dark, but it's textured and will serve the show extremely well if we were to go to series."tvradio
A version of this story first appeared in Tuned In Journal blog at post-gazette.com/tv. TV writer Rob Owen: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-2582. Follow RobOwenTV on Twitter or Facebook.