UPDATE, 01:17AM: It looks like the rumours were true. CBS just finalised a pick up for the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation spin-off CSI: Cyber, starring Patricia Arquette to series. Said series was piloted as an episode of the original CSI that aired last month and got high marks both internally at CBS and amongst viewers.
CSI: Cyber follows FBI Special Agent Avery Ryan (Arquette), who runs the bureau’s Cyber Crime Division in Quantico, VA. Ryan is responsible for solving high-octane crimes that start in the mind, live on-line, and play out into the real world. CBS Television Produces the drama which is executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Anthony Zuiker, Ann Donahue, Carol Mendelsohn and Pam Veasey.
PREVIOUS, 10:50PM: CBS has picked up 6 new series for the 2014-2015 season.
The pickups consist of four dramas (NCIS: New Orleans, Madam Secretary, Scorpion and Stalker) and two comedies (The Odd Couple and The McCarthys), which join the previously picked up Battle Creek. Noticeably absent from the list is the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation spin-off CSI: Cyber and How I Met Your Dad. I’m hearing that the CSI spin-off may be moving forward for mid-season and that a deal is already in place to use The Who’s “I Can See For Miles” as the theme song. Things are looking bleak for The Mentalist, with Madam Secretary rumoured to be getting its Sunday night slot on the schedule.
NCIS: New Orleans is set in the NCIS New Orleans field office, which handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. The drama is produced by CBS Television Studios and stars Scott Bakula (Star Trek: Enterprise, Men Of A Certain Age), CCH Pounder (Warehouse 13, Sons Of Anarchy), Zoe McLellan (JAG, Dirty Sexy Money) and Lucas Black (Fast & Furious). The executive producers are Gary Glasberg and Mark Harmon.
Penned by Barbara Hall, Madam Secretary follows the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life. The drama is produced by CBS Television Studios and stars Tea Leoni, Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth, Erich Bergen, Geoffrey Arend, Patina Miller, Evan Roe and Katherine Herzer. The executive producers are Hall, Morgan Freeman, Tracy Mercer and Lori McCreary.
From Nick Santora and Nicholas Wootton, Scorpion revolves around Walter, an eccentric genius and his international network of super-geniuses who form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age. The drama is produced by CBS Television Studios and stars Elyes Gabel, Robert Patrick, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Ari Stidham and Ernie Hudson. The executive producers are Santora, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Heather Kadin, Scooter Braun and Justin Lin.
Stalker, from The Following’s Kevin Williamson, follows the detectives of the LAPD’s Threat Assessment Unit who investigate stalking cases. Warner Bros Television and Outerbanks Entertainment produces the drama which stars Dylan McDermott, Maggie Q, Mariana Klaveno and Victor Rasuk.
A reboot of the series of the same name, The Odd Couple follows roommates Oscar Madison and Felix Unger. The half-hour comedy is produced by CBS Television Studios and stars Matthew Perry, Thomas Lennon, Sarah Baker, Wendell Pierce, Georgia King and Lindsay Sloane. The EPs are Matt Perry, Joe Keenan, Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman & Eric and Kim Tannenbaum,
The McCarthys is a multi-camera comedy about a big Irish Catholic, sports-crazed Boston clan and the gay son whose greatest sin is not his sexuality but his desire to spend less time with his family. Sony Pictures Television produces the comedy which stars Jack McGee, Joey McIntyre, Laurie Metcalf, Jimmy Dunn and Kelen Coleman.