Donnie Wahlberg and Jon Avnet have joined forces with TNT to develop a crime drama, tentatively titled Morse Code, from Warner Horizon TV.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story is about a young war hero-turned-Drug Enforcement Administration officer working in his hometown of Boston. Wahlberg, a Boston native, is expected to star.
Michael Wright, TNT's top programmer, described the project -- one of several expected to be announced Wednesday at Turner's upfront presentation -- as in the vein of The Departed, with the commingling of law enforcement and organized crime. He said Morse Code would be a good fit with the network's schedule.
"Our original shows are character-based dramas that speak directly to the audience," Wright said. "The guy at the center of this is a relatable everyman kind of cop -- an honest, authentic character that our audience can connect with on a personal level."