CBS has locked down launch dates for their two midseason dramas Battle Creek, which hails from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and House showrunner David Shore, and the latest CSI spin-off CSI: Cyber.
Up first is small town cop drama Battle Creek starring Dean Winters (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Josh Duhamel (Transformers), which will debut on Sunday March 1st at 10/9c – taking over the post-The Good Wife time-slot from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which wraps its eighteen episode fifteenth season on February 15th.
While, in a departure from previously announced plans, new CSI franchise entry CSI: Cyber will take over the Wednesday night 10pm time-slot from the Dylan McDermott fronted Stalker as of March 4th. Initally, the plan had been for Cyber to take over CSI‘s Sunday night time-slot, but CBS brass changed course when research pointed at the (potential) similar audience make up for The Good Wife and Battle Creek
Battle Creek tells the story of two very different cops, Detective Russ Agnew and FBI Special Agent Milton Chamberlain, who are teamed up to clean up the mean streets of Battle Creek, Michigan. The drama series is produced by Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Studios and stars Dean Winters (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), Josh Duhamel (Transformers), Kal Penn (House), Janet McTeer (The White Queen), Aubrey Dollar (Women’s Murder Club), Edward “Grapevine” Fordham (One on One), Liza Lapira (Super Fun Night) and Damon Herriman (Justified).
Created by Anthony Zuiker, Ann Donahue & Carol Mendelsohn, CSI: Cyber follows FBI Special Agent Avery Ryan, 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. The drama series is produced by CBS Television Studios and stars Patricia Arquette, James Van Der Beek, Peter MacNicol, Charley Koontz and Shad Moss.