The Universal monster icon is back and ready to…search for clues? EW reports that CBS has ordered a pilot titled Frankenstein and the twist is that venerable horror monster is also.. a police detective.

The show, which has Jason Tracey (Burn Notice, Elementary) attached to write, revolves around a San Francisco homicide detective that

“is mysteriously brought back to life after being killed in the line of duty. But as he resumes his old life and he and his wife realize he isn’t the same person he used to be, they zero in on the strange man behind his resurrection – Dr. Victor Frankenstein.”


Yes, I know what you’re thinking and yes, that does make this unnamed officer Frankenstein’s monster, technically.


The show is (extremely) loosely based on the 1818 novel by badass goth legend and science fiction pioneer Mary Shelley. The book was written on a stormy holiday to Switzerland during a ghost story competition with Percy Shelley and Lord Byron. While the book was a philosophical trip through the monster’s feelings of being rejected by his creator, the monster itself is best known as the shambling, groaning thing from the golden age of Universal monster films in the 1930s, including Frankenstein, Bride Of Frankenstein, and Son Of Frankenstein. While Frankenstein enjoyed appearances in a number of movies through the 1940s, his status as a horror icon has been relegated to being a classic rather than a modern player. Despite this, Fox also developed a show that was originally titled Frankenstein in 2015, which became The Frankenstein Code, and then became Lookinglass. It finally aired as Second Chance in 2016 with a plot similar to the pilot CBS has ordered, but only lasted for a few months before it was canceled.

Rob Doherty (Medium, Elementary) will executive produce Frankenstein under the auspices of CBS Television Studios.