TNT Orders Crime-Solving Dog Pilot

BY: Tim Kenneally

LOS ANGELES ( – TNT is going to the dogs with its next project.

The network has ordered a pilot for an adaptation of the Susannah Charleson book “Scent of the Missing,” about her experience with Puzzle, a dog with a strong aptitude for rescue missions. The pilot’s log line says of the show, “An adrenaline junkie leader of a canine search-and-rescue team assists various law enforcement agencies with her best friend and partner, a golden retriever.”

The pilot is being co-written and co-executive produced by Carol Mendelsohn, who’s served as executive producer of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and the spinoffs “CSI: NY” and “CSI: Miami.” Barry Josephson and Julie Weitz are also co-producing, along with Melissa R. Byer and Treena Hancock, who are also writers on the pilot.

The show is being produced via CBS Television Studios.

TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles” racked up an eye-popping 9.1 million viewers for its August 8 episode, and is ranked as basic cable’s No. 1 drama.

News of the “Scent of the Missing” pilot order was first reported by Deadline.

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