Mark Harmon is Lucas Davenport in the First of What is Probably a Prey Series

We don’t cover a whole lot of original TV movies here on the site, but I just had to cover this one. The USA Network has greenlit an original, stand-alone movie called “Certain Prey” starring Mark Harmon, who will be moonlighting as Minneapolis Deputy Police Chief Lucas Davenport, the main character in novelist John Sanford’s series of “Prey” books.

If the first movie is a hit, and it’s unlikely that it wouldn’t be, given Harmon’s popularity via the “NCIS” show, expect to see more in the series, of which there are 20 titles in all.

Back in my crime novel consuming days, Sanford’s “Prey” novels were pretty good stuff, and his Lucas Davenport was a whip-smart cop not entirely against getting things done outside the law. But as with all novel franchises, the series sort of petered out for me after a while and became too routine, and I had to bail. Still, I’d love to see a good take on Lucas Davenport on TV.

In “Certain Prey”, Davenport goes up against not one, but two bad guys — or, er, gals, in this case. Production is expected to commence this May, and knowing TV timelines, you should expect the movie fore the end of the year.

For those keeping track at home, this wouldn’t actually be the first time someone has tried to launch Sanford’s Lucas Davenport on TV. Way back in 1999, Eriq La Salle played Davenport in “Mind Prey”.