CBS is following up on its early pick up for Supergirl by handing out series orders to two comedies (Angel From Hell and Life In Pieces) and four dramas (Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Limitless, Rush Hour and Code Black).
The Criminal Minds spin-off has been a solid performer throughout pilot season, with the usually tight-lipped CBS acknowledging that they were high on the project. While the network is moving forward with the procedural drama they are making on big change – notably that Anna Gunn will not be part of the cast going forward.
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders follows a division of the FBI that helps American citizens who find themselves in danger abroad. Erica Messer penned the script for the pilot, which aired as an episode of the original Criminal Minds. The drama is produced by ABC Studios in association with CBS Television Studios and The Mark Gordon Company and stars Gary Sinise, Daniel Henney and Tyler James. The executive producers are Mark Gordon, Erica Messer and Nick Pepper.
Based on the feature film of the same name, Rush Hour follows a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer who is assigned to a case in Los Angeles where he’s forced to work with a cocky African-American LAPD officer who has no interest in a partner. The drama is produced by Warner Bros Television and stars Justin Hires, Jon Foo, Aimee Garcia and Wendie Malick. Bill Lawrence & Blake McCormick penned the script and will executive produce alongside Arthur Sarkissian, Brett Ratner and Jeff Ingold.
From CBS Television Studios and Tad Quill, Angel From Hell is a single camera comedy which tells the story of Amy who enters Allison’s life and claims to be her guardian angel. Before long they form an unlikely friendship and Allison can’t be sure if Amy is an angel or just nuts. The cast includes Jane Lynch, Maggie Lawson, Kyle Bornheimer and Kevin Pollak.
Another feature film reboot, Limitless follows Brian Finch as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug NZT, and is coerced into using his newfound drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI. The cast includes Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. CBS Television Studios, K/O Paper Products and Relativity Media are producing, with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Heather Kadim, Craig Sweeny, Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley and Tom Forman executive producing.
Penned by Justin Adler, Life In Pieces is a single camera comedy about one family told through the separate stories of its different family members. The project, which is set up at Kapital Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television, feature an A-List cast which includes Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Zoe Lister Jones, Colin Hanks, Angelique Cabral, Thomas Sadoski, Betsy Brandt, Dan Bakkedahl, Niall Cunningham, Holly J. Barrett and Giselle Eisenberg. The executive producers are Justin Adler and Aaron Kaplan.
Medical drama Code Black, from Michael Seitzman and ABC Studios, is set in the busiest and most notorious ER in the nation where the extraordinary staff struggle in the face of a broken system to protect their ideals and the patients who need them the most. The cast includes Marcia Gay Harden, Bonnie Somerville, Raza Jaffrey, Luis Guzman, Melanie Kannokada, Harry M. Ford, Ben Hollingsworth and William Allen Young. Michael Seitzman, Marti Noxon, Linda Goldstein-Knowlton and Ryan McGarry executive produce.
With these latest orders, CBS has now picked up some seven new series for the 2015-2016 season. That does not leave a lot of room on the network’s schedule and may be something of a bad omen for certain bubble shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Person Of Interest. It’s not clear when we’ll hear about renewals and cancellations from CBS, maybe later today, but by tomorrow for sure.