TNT’s New Drama Pilot: Dog Solves Crimes

Amazingly, TNT has a show coming up about a dog that solves crimes. It neither stars Sarah Marshall and Jason Bateman, nor apparently does it signal the cable station has just given up.

TNT has given a pilot order to Scent of the Missing, about an intrepid mystery solver and her pooch.
Based on a book with the same title, the project is produced by CSI executive producer Carol Mendelsohn.

Scent follows a woman and her trained rescue McGruff who can, among other things, go fetch murder victims. Official logline: “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.”

Okay, maybe the executives at TNT just did too much blow before their pitch meeting with Carol Mendelsohn. On the other hand, the book actually sounds pretty good:

In the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, Susannah Charleson clipped a photo from the newspaper: an exhausted canine handler, face buried in the fur of his search-and-rescue dog. A dog lover and pilot with search experience herself, Susannah was so moved by the image that she decided to volunteer with a local canine team and soon discovered firsthand the long hours, nonexistent pay, and often heart-wrenching results they face.

Still she felt the call, and once she qualified to train a dog of her own, she adopted Puzzle, a strong, bright Golden Retriever puppy who exhibited unique aptitudes as a working dog but who was less interested in the role of compliant house pet. Puzzle’s willfulness and high drive, both assets in the field, challenged even Susannah, who had raised dogs for years.

Scent of the Missing is the story of Susannah and Puzzle’s adventures together and of the close relationship they forge as they search for the lost–a teen gone missing, an Alzheimer’s patient wandering in the cold, signs of the crew amid the debris of the space shuttle Columbia disaster. From the earliest air-scent lessons to her final mastery of whole-body dialog, Puzzle emerges as a fully collaborative partner in a noble enterprise that unfolds across the forests, plains, and cityscapes of the Southwest. Along the way Susannah and Puzzle learn to read the clues in the field, and in each other, to accomplish together the critical work neither could do alone and to unravel the mystery of the human/canine bond.

Flip a coin, I suppose.

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