David Milch is staying with HBO, and returning to the type of show that first won him acclaim, for his next project.
The cable network has ordered a pilot for "Last of the Ninth," a cop show set in the "Serpico" days of the New York Police Department in 1972. It's Milch's third straight collaboration with HBO, following "Deadwood" and "John from Cincinnati."
"It is about an older detective's mentoring of a young detective returned from Vietnam in a department fiscally crippled, under attack by revolutionaries, and which has been brought by allegations of systemic corruption into public disrepute," Milch tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Former NYPD detective Bill Clark and Milch co-wrote "Last of the Ninth" before the writers' strike began and will serve as executive producers of the pilot. Clark wrote numerous episodes of "NYPD Blue," which Milch co-created; both men won Emmys for writing on the series.
Milch began his TV career on the game-changing cop show "Hill Street Blues" and in 1983 won the first of his four Emmys for writing an episode of the show. He also created the short-lived CBS series "Big Apple" and was an executive producer of "Brooklyn South."