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CBS has released the first look at its Silence of the Lambs sequel Clarice.
The drama starring Rebecca Breeds as FBI agent Clarice Starling is set for a February premiere, and the network will use a trio of big events in January and February to help launch it.
The network previously announced that its reboot of The Equalizer starring Queen Latifah will debut after the Super Bowl on Feb. 7. The week after the NFL title game will bring the premieres of Clarice and the second season of competition series Tough as Nails. The latter will air in lieu of Survivor, which has yet to return to production during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Both shows will get heavy promotion during CBS’ broadcasts of the NFL’s AFC Championship game Jan. 24, the Grammy Awards on Jan. 31 and the Super Bowl.
“All eyes will be on CBS for three consecutive Sundays in early 2021 with the broadcasts of the AFC Championship game, the Grammy Awards and Super Bowl LV,” said Thom Sherman, senior executive vp programming at CBS. “These powerhouse events provide us with the perfect platforms to promote the February debuts of our captivating new drama, Clarice, and the return of the positive and heartfelt Tough as Nails, which had a very successful first-season run that resonated with viewers over the summer.”
Tough as Nails, hosted and executive produced by The Amazing Race‘s Phil Keoghan, is set to premiere at 8 p.m. on Feb. 10 in the spot that would normally be occupied by the spring cycle of Survivor. While a host of other unscripted shows have been able to resume production amid the pandemic, Survivor — which films in Fiji — has yet to set a timetable for restarting.
Clarice will follow at 10 p.m. on Feb. 11. The drama, set a year after the events of Silence of the Lambs in 1993, also stars Michael Cudlitz, Lucca de Oliveira, Kal Penn, Nick Sandow, Devyn Tyler and Marnee Carpenter. Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek) created the series and executive produce with Elizabeth Klaviter and Heather Kadin. MGM Television and CBS Studios produce in association with Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout.
CBS still has second-year drama Evil and the Chuck Lorre-produced United States of Al on deck for later in the season.
A teaser for Clarice is below.
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