Wild Bill: ITV commissions new Rob Lowe crime drama

ITV has announced Wild Bill, a crime drama starring Rob Lowe. The American actor, who you’d recognise from St. Elmo’s Fire, The Outsiders and Parks & Recreation, will play a “high-flying US cop who will shake up the East Lincolnshire force”.

Lowe’s character, Bill Hixon, will head from the USA to East Lincolnshire to take on a new Chief Constable role. As for further plot details, ITV’s official press bumf tells us this:

“With a first class degree in Criminology, a Masters in Psychopathology and a Doctorate in Statistical Mapping, Bill Hixon is impressively qualified to tackle the county’s crime figures with his graphs, charts, algorithms and a tapestry of digits. Whip-smart, acerbic and unstoppable, Bill is very good at what he does. America’s Top Metropolitan Police Chief three years running is the ideal candidate to make his mark on the East Lincolnshire Force, not least by driving through drastic cuts. From the outset Bill isn’t about making friends. He’s here to get the job done and get the hell out as quick as his spin-class-toned legs will carry him.

“But Bill discovers the people of Boston are just as smart-mouthed, cynical and difficult to impress as he is. They don’t suffer fools, authority or algorithms gladly. And the man who’s spent his life keeping the messiness of human intimacy at arm’s length is reluctantly propelled into frontline policing and forced to reconsider his relationship with those closest to him. It’s funny and dangerous in equal measure.”

Filming will begin in November, taking place around London and in Lincolnshire. We’re expecting an announcement of the supporting cast to arrive online soon.

We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.