CBS has given series orders to three of its five drama pilots, Max Thieriot’s land of fire (fka Cal Fire); Eastern New York, headlined by Amanda Warren and Jimmy Smits; and So help me Todd (fka Untitled Mother & Son Legal Drama), starring Marcia Gay Harden and Skylar Astin. CBS doesn’t comment beyond that, but I hear all three series are for the fall.
true lies, ordered as an off-cycle pilot, had also been rumored for a series order, likely for mid-season. I hear the negotiations between CBS and 20th Television continue, and the project is still very much alive.
CBS’ remaining drama pilot is not moving forward, First edition, a reimagining of the Kyle Chandler series that had gone cold, plus all of the CBS comedy pilots/presentations. The network this year opted for all comedy project pitch orders to its own studio, CBS Studios (The Cuddle Machine, Dark Companion, Unexpected in Akron), while the only comedy from an outside studio, Warner Bros. Rust Bell News, was a pilot in his own right.
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I hear the CBS brass were very pleased with their crop of drama pilots this season, considered one of the strongest in years, while the comedy pilot group produced zero stars.
With CBS also canceling three ongoing comedy series – United States of Al, B Positive and How do we ride – the network will have the fewest half-hour series on the schedule in some time. Five years ago, CBS cut its Monday comedy block from two hours to one hour, most recently consisting of The neighborhood and Bob Hearts Abishola. CBS can now do the same with the Thursday two-hour block.
I hear So help me Toddwhich has comedic overtones, could join the lineup behind the 8 p.m. comedy block, anchored by the flagship Young Sheldon and eventually with resounding success Ghosts.
CBS 2022 Pilot Orders and Series
So help me Todd was one of the Cinderella stories of the 2022 broadcast season. Taking a big hit early on when the female lead was recast, with Marcia Gay Harden replacing Geena Davis opposite Skylar Astin, the pilot clung to the middle of the pack and had a great finish with strong test results I hear.
Here are details on the new scripted series from CBS:
EASTERN NEW YORK
EPs/W: William Finkelstein, Mike Flynn
EP/D: Michael M. Robin (Skyemac Productions)
EP: Christine Holder, Mark Holder (Wonder Street)
Co-EP: Andrew Maher (Skyemac)
STUDIO: Warner Bros. Television
LOGLINE: Regina Haywood is the newly promoted assistant inspector of East New York, a working-class neighborhood on the outskirts of Brooklyn. She leads a diverse group of officers and detectives, some of whom are reluctant to deploy her creative methods of service and protection amid social upheaval and the first seeds of gentrification.
ACTORS: Amanda Warren, Kevin Rankin, Jimmy Smits, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Richard Kind, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Lavel Schley and Olivia Luccardi
COUNTRY OF FIRE (formerly known as “Cal Fire”)
EPs/Teleplay Written by/Story Co-written by: Tony Phelan & Joan Rater
EP/Story Co-written by: Max Thieriot
EP/D: James Strong (driver only)
EP: David Grae
EP: Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Kristie Anne Reed (Jerry Bruckheimer Television)
STUDIO: CBS Studios
LOGLINE: Seeking redemption and a shortened prison sentence, young convict Bode Donovan joins a firefighting program that brings him back to his small Northern California hometown, where he and other inmates work alongside elite firefighters to put out huge fires in the area. Inspired by the experiences of Max Thieriot growing up in Northern California fire country.
ACTORS: Max Thieriot, Billy Burke, Kevin Alejandro, Diane Farr, Stephanie Arcila, Jordan Calloway, Jules Latimer
THEN HELP ME TODD (formerly known as “Untitled Mother/Son Legal Drama”)
EP/Writer: Scott Prendergast
EP/Showrunners: Liz Kruger, Craig Shapiro
EP/D: Amy York Rubin (driver only)
EP: Dr. Phil McGraw, Jay McGraw, Julia Eisenman (Stage 29 Productions)
STUDIO: CBS Studios
LOGLINE: Despite their opposite personalities, a talented but directionless PI who is the black sheep of his family reluctantly agrees to work as an insider investigator for his overbearing mother, a successful lawyer reeling from the recent dissolution of her marriage.
ACTORS: Marcia Gay Harden, Skylar Astin, Madeline Wise, Tristen J. Winger, Inga Schlingmann and Rosa Arredondo