CBS has handed out pilot orders to three high-profile drama projects: Sneaky Pete, from Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston and House showrunner David Shore; civil rights drama For Justice, from James Patterson and Law & Order: Criminal Intent showrunner Rene Balcer; and LFE, a medical drama from up and comer Paul Downs Colaizzo.
Sneaky Pete tells the story of a thirty-something con man who, after leaving prison, hides from his past by assuming the identity of his cellmate. “Sneaky Pete” hides from his debtors while working for his “new” family’s bail bond business and takes down criminals worse than himself.
The hour-long drama, from Breaking Bad producer Sony Pictures Television, originally landed at CBS with a hefty production commitment last November. It is being written by Bryan Cranston and David Shore, both of whom will also serve as executive producers alongside James Degus.
Based on the James Patterson debut novel, For Justice tells the story of an FBI agent assigned to the Criminal Section of the agency’s Civil Rights Division who finds herself caught between the radical family she was born into and the professional family she has chosen.
The drama hails from CBS Television Studios and is being penned by Criminal Intent alum Rene Balcer. The executive producers are James Patterson, Rene Balcer, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Leopoldo Gout and Bill Robinson. Should it go to series, For Justice would become the second Patterson inspired series on CBS. The network is also prepping an adaptation of his novel Zoo for a Summer 2015 premiere.
Medical drama LFE is described as a “high-octane procedural” which follows the residents at New York City’s top hospital as they try to balance their god complexes with their humanity. Penned by Paul Downs Colaizzo, the procedural is being produced by the Dan Jinks Company and CBS Television Studios.