CBS Picks Up Robert De Niro's 'The 2-2,' Drama Starring Patrick Wilson
With CBS' upfront presentation to Madison Avenue buyers set for this week, the most-watched network continues to add to its series orders for next season.
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A Gifted Man (formerly The untitled Susannah Grant)
Patrick Wilson (Little Children) stars as an ultra-competitive surgeon whose life is changed forever when his ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle, The King's Speech) dies and begins teaching him what life is all about. Julie Benz (No Ordinary Family) co-stars in the CBS Television Studios drama, produced by Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich), Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Jonathan Demme (Rachel Getting Married), who directed the pilot. The series fits into CBS' plan to add a medical series to its schedule. Though the project needed to be recut, one insider called it CBS Entertainment chief "Nina Tassler's baby."
The 2-2 (formerly Rookies)
From CBS Television Studios, the project revolves around six NYPD rookies who learn to balance their personal lives with working the streets of Manhattan. The ensemble cast includes Leelee Sobieski (Joan of Arc) and Adam Goldberg (The Unusuals). Robert De Niro is on board as an executive producer, along with Jane Rosenthal, showrunner Ken Sanzel, Alysse Bezahler (In Treatment), Brandon Brito, Meghan Lyvers and Richard Price (Blue Bloods), who wrote the pilot. James Mangold (Men in Trees) executive produced and directed the pilot. "It's a quintessential CBS show," said one source of a series that was said to be a lock for weeks.
Unforgettable (formerly The Rememberer)
The drama, from Sony and CBS Television Studios, centers on a NYPD detective who has the ability to remember everything. In a strategic shift to pepper its schedule with female leads, the show stars Poppy Montgomery, best known for her work in former CBS show Without a Trace. Ed Redlich (Without a Trace) writes and executive produces alongside EP Sarah Timberman, EP Carl Beverly and writer/co-EP John Bellucci.
How to be a Gentleman
A buddy comedy based on the book by John Bridges that follows an unlikely friendship between a traditional, uptight columnist (David Hornsby, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and his rough-around-the-edges friend and trainer (Kevin Dillon, Entourage). From CBS Television Studios, Hornsby penned the pilot and executive produces with Adam Chase, Joe Hipps and Modi Wiczyk. Pam Fryman (How I Met Your Mother) directed the pilot.
On Sunday, CBS canceled the following:
S#!* My Dad Says
Starring William Shatner and from Warner Bros. TV, the multicamera comedy aired 18 episodes in its plumb Thursday at 8:30 slot following hit The Big Bang Theory before it was replaced by Monday comedy Rules of Engagement. It averaged 10.7 million viewers, according to Nielsen.
The CBS Productions drama starring Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell had performed decently on Wednesdays but suffered after its January move to Fridays. The drama averaged 10.5 million viewers for its 19-episode run, according to Nielsen.
The Jason Biggs and Judy Greer laugher from CBS Television Studios and Sony had averaged 7 million viewers in its midseason Monday time slot. While the couples comedy failed to reach hit status out of the gates. Its season finale airs May 16.
On Friday, CBS picked up the following to series:
Person of Interest
Stars Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) as a presumed dead former CIA agent who teams with a mysterious billionaire (Michael Emerson, Lost) to prevent violent crimes in New York. Taraji P. Henson (Boston Legal) co-stars in the Warner Bros. TV drama from scribe Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight), who produces alongside J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk (Fringe), Ben Brafman (The 4400), Margot Lulick (Kings) and Greg Plageman (Cold Case). Dave Semel (No Ordinary Family), who directs. Though there were early fears of the project playing too dark, say sources, it tested well and has marketable names on and off camera. This is Abrams' second series pick-up this week, with Alcatraz getting a series order at Fox on Tuesday.
Two Broke Girls
Revolves around two 22-year-old women (Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs) who tackle life in New York as they try to make their dreams come true. The multicamera comedy from Warner Bros. Television is written by Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City) with stand-up comic Whitney Cummings on board as a producer. James Burrows directed the pilot. Cummings' comedy pilot for NBC also was picked up to series on Tuesday. This marks Cummings' second project to get a green-light for next season; her self-titled comedy will appear on NBC's schedule this fall. King's hairdresser drama A Mann's World didn't get the go-ahead at NBC.
CBS is scheduled to unveil its complete slate to media buyers on Wednesday in New York.
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