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Sexy Thomas Edison Fights Crime in New NBC Drama, Because of Course He Does

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Yes, you read that correctly, and we’re not that hung over. A familiar hallmark of TV development is to take classic characters and jazz them up with some modern sensibilities, and in recent months we’ve heard of everything from a steampunk Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, to yet another adaptation of ‘Sherlock Holmes.’ So really, how long was it going to be before Thomas Edison, father of modern invention got in on the game with a young, sexy crime-fighting reboot?

Well, this is certainly a new one. According to Deadline, NBC is looking to develop a “big, fun, genre-driven show” that follows a young Thomas Alva Edison as he uses his mechanical genius to aid an “under-trained and under-equipped” New York Police force in fighting crime. Written by Daniel C. Connolly (A&E’s ‘Longmire‘) and overseen by ‘Breaking Bad‘ producer John Shiban, the project would take place in the 1880s but with a modern sensibility akin to Robert Downey Jr.’s ‘Sherlock Holmes‘ films.

From Deadline’s description, the series would follow Edison as he utilizes his “inventor instincts and retro-cool devices to deconstruct crime scenes and pioneer new technology.” If ‘The Simpsons‘ are to be considered any kind of guide for modern TV, we’re willing to place a few bets there will be sexy results as well.

Well, what say you? Do you like the idea of a young, crime-fighting Thomas Edison? Would there be room for a villainous David Bowie Nikolai Tesla? Give us your predictions for the new series in the comments!

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