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The Man Behind 'Happy Days,' 'Mork & Mindy' and Other TV Hits Is Developing a Crime Procedural for Nickelodeon Deadline

A writer, director and producer who ruled the airwaves in the 1970s with shows such as “Happy Days” and “Mork & Mindy” is working on a crime procedural for Nickelodeon.

Deadline.com reports that Garry Marshall, who also had a hand in "The Odd Couple," "Laverne and Shirley" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show," among many other successful shows, is developing a comedic procedural with producer Aaron Kaplan and Marshall's son, director Scott Marshall.

The show is based on an idea by Kaplan, with kids ages 10-12 playing grown-up characters, the story says. The project is set up as a crime procedural, with a male cop and his DA brother both having a crush on the same female judge. The project also features a crooked mayor and a woman who runs the local “malt shoppe,” the piece adds.

Marshall will co-write the script with his son and will also direct.

Kaplan’s “Instant Mom” recently was renewed by Nick at Nite/NickMom for a 20-episode second season. Marshall, after his TV successes, focused on directing films, including "Pretty Woman," “Runaway Bride” and “The Princess Diaries.” He also recently appeared in a guest spot on Nick’s “See Dad Run,” which stars former “Happy Days” actor Scott Baio.

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