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There are no guarantees at CBS — even with the names 'NCIS' and 'Beverly Hills Cop'
No two pilots seemed like more obvious pick-ups than CBS' "NCIS: Red" and "Beverly Hills Cop." The former was yet another "NCIS" spin-off, with a high-profile cast including John Corbett and Kim Raver, and that had already been introduced in an "NCIS: LA" two-parter back in March. The latter was a sequel to the beloved movie franchise, produced by Shawn Ryan, starring Brandon T. Jackson as the son of Axel Foley, and featuring Eddie Murphy himself in a role that was likely to be recurring if it went to series. Brand names, recognizable stars and crime-fighting — this was the CBS formula to a T. Instead, neither was picked up. CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler said they wanted to be protective of the "NCIS" franchise, and that both shows were passed over because they were happier with other development, including the very serialized, un-CBS "Hostages."