3:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Edie Falco Drama From Amblin TV a Go at CBS
Edie Falco is officially coming to CBS.
The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie grad's CBS drama Tommy has been ordered to series at the network.
Falco stars as a former high-ranking NYPD officer who becomes the first female chief of police in L.A. and uses her honesty and hardball tactics to navigate the social, political and national security issues that converge with enforcing the law.
Paul Attanasio (Bull) penned the script and exec produces the CBS TV Studios drama alongside Amblin Television's Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.
The order arrives a day after Amblin TV exited the newly renewed Bull as a production company following a harassment scandal involving star Michael Weatherly. The network's decision to renew the series — and Amblin's departure — arrives after CBS paid $9.5 million to settle claims that Weatherly harassed actress Eliza Dushku.
Falco marks a major casting coup for CBS after the actress dipped her toe in the broadcast waters two seasons ago on NBC's Dick Wolf limited series The Menendez Murders. Before that, she had been focused on cable with HBO's The Sopranos and Showtime's Nurse Jackie. She holds the record for the most number of SAG Awards — 22 — and is the lone actress ever to earn an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG win in the same year for the same series.
Tommy is CBS' fourth new drama series order of the season, joining Wolf's FBI spinoff, Robert and Michelle King's Evil and courtroom entry All Rise.
Michael Chernus, Adelaide Clemens, David Fierro, Russell G. Jones, Olivia Lucy Phillip and Joseph Lyle Taylor round out the Tommy cast.
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