January 30, 2014 1:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
CIA Drama From 'Revenge,' 'Bates Motel' Producers Scores CBS Pilot Order
CBS has picked up its fourth drama pilot of the year, greenlighting a terrorism drama from the producers of Revenge and Bates Motel.
The untitled drama hails from Revenge's Nikki Toscano and centers on a retired CIA operative who is pulled back into action following a terrorist event that rocks Washington, D.C., and forced to investigate closer to home, where the next generation of terrorists are being bred.
Toscano will pen the script and executive produce the Universal Television and CBS Television Studios entry, with Bates Motel co-showrunner Kerry Ehrin on board as a consultant.
The untitled drama is one of two scripts Ehrin had in the works this season; she also teamed with Parenthood's Jason Katims for an NBC hour.
This brings CBS' drama pilot haul to four for the season so far. It joins Tea Leoni starrer Madam Secretary, the New Orleans-focused NCIS spinoff and an untitled stalker drama from The Following's Kevin Williamson in addition to the straight-to-series order for Vince Gilligan and David Shore's Battle Creek. Last season CBS ordered 11 dramas (up three from 2012).
Terrorism-themed series have continued to remain hot since Showtime's Homeland broke through. This season, Fox has Runner, a drama focusing on the U.S.-Mexico border war over weapons and terrorism; The CW will explore the family side of terrorism with Identity; and NBC has Coercion, an adaptation of an Israeli format that explores a family torn between a sleeper cell and a CIA war hero.