UPDATED: Crossing Lines is losing its lead actor.
William Fichtner, who played former NYPD Detective turned ICC Investigator Carl Hickman, is exiting the Tandem Communications produced drama, which was recently renewed for a 12 episode third season by TF1 and Sony Pictures Television Networks, Deadline reports.
Created and developed by Edward Allen Bernero and Rola Bauer, Crossing Lines is set in exotic locations and taps into the charter of the International Criminal Court to investigate serialized cross-border crimes and to hunt down global criminals.
To fill the void left by Fichtner, Goran Visnjic (Extant) and Elizabeth Mitchell (Revolution, Once Upon A Time) have joined the cast of Crossing Lines for the new season. Also joining as regulars this season are Stuart Martin and Naomi Battrick. Returning cast members include Donald Sutherland, Lara Rossi and Tom Wlaschiha. TVWise has also confirmed that original cast members Marc Lavoine, Richard Flood and Gabriella Pession are also exiting the show ahead of season three.
The show’s third season is set six months after the season two finale, in which Major Louis Daniel (Marc Lavoine) was shot. Michel Dorn (Donald Sutherland) has to bring the team back together, with new additions Marco Corazza (Visnjic) and Carine Strand (Mitchell), after one of his prosecutors goes missing.
In addition to the cast shake up, there are also some changes being made behind the scenes. Frank Spotnitz, whose production company Big Light has a first look deal with Tandem, has joined the series as executive producer/showrunner, replacing co-creator Ed Bernero who exited last season. Co-creator and Tandem executive Rola Bauer also serves as executive producer.
Crossing Lines originally aired on NBC in the United States, however, as TVWise exclusively revealed, the network opted not to pick up the second season. Netflix subsequently took streaming rights to the first two seasons in the US and are expected to air season three. Amazon Prime Instant Video holds first run rights to the series in the UK, while UKTV’s Alibi channel recently acquired the linear broadcast rights.