Fox Readies FBI Hate Crime Drama from TV Veteran Neal Baer

Baer will executive produce the show along with writer Cathryn Humphris

Neal Baer

Neal Baer

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Neal Baer has worked in television for over twenty years, writing and producing some of the medium’s most popular shows, such as “ER” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Now, Variety reports that Fox is currently developing a new hour-long FBI procedural from Baer and writer Cathryn Humphris. The series would follow a newly-assembled FBI task force that investigates and solves hate crimes around the country. Consisting of a “distinguished cop, a hard-driving lawyer, a psychologist and a social media expert,” the team tries to bring justice to victims and help to rebuild communities, all the while dealing with their own personal demons.

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Baer’s first major role in television was as a writer on “ER” during the third season. He was later promoted to producer the following year and stayed with the series through its seventh season having written 18 episodes of the show. After “ER,” he was the executive producer and showrunner of “Law & Order: SVU” for 11 seasons. Most recently, he was the showrunner and executive producer of CBS’ drama “Under the Dome,” which was cancelled in September of last year after three seasons.

Cathryn Humphris previously wrote for shows such as “Mad Men,” “Supernatural” and “Under the Dome,” which she co-executive produced alongside Baer. She also served as a co-executive producer on “NCIS: New Orleans.”

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Humphris and Baer will both serve as executive producers on the upcoming procedural. As of now, the series is untitled.

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May West

Hate Crimes? Sounds interesting enough. Yet the biggest mystery of all for me has always been: WTF are people keeping themselves busy with?!

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