By James Hibberd
Updated January 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM EST

Crime drama pioneer Steven Bochco (NYPD Blue and Hill Street Blues) is edging closer to getting a new police procedural on the air.

Bochco’s Murder in the First has just received a pilot order from TNT. Set in San Francisco, the murder mystery shares something in common with AMC’s The Killing — following season-long cases rather than a crime-of-the-week format.

If greenlit to series, the first season will follow two seemingly unrelated high profile murder cases. The story will begin with the crimes, then take us through the police investigation, arrest and trial . Characters include two SFPD homicide inspectors, a Silicon Valley wunderkind who is a celebrated CEO of a cutting-edge tech firm and a prime suspect, a defense attorney and prosecutors. As the series unfolds, the investigations and prosecutions will “provide viewers with a window into the soul of modern justice in an increasingly complex world.”

Bochco is teaming with writer Eric Lodal (Lawless) on the show. And for those wondering: No, the show is not related to the 1995 Kevin Bacon movie with the same title.