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It took a few years but True Lies is officially coming to broadcast television.
Like the Jamie Lee Curtis and Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, the CBS take revolves around an unfulfilled suburban housewife — shocked to discover that her bland and unremarkable computer consultant husband is a skilled international spy — who is propelled into a life of danger and adventure when she’s recruited to work alongside him to save the world as they try to revitalize their passionless marriage.
Steve Howey (Shameless) and Ginger Gonzaga (I’m Dying Up Here, Marvel’s upcoming She-Hulk) step into the roles famously played by Curtis and Schwarzenegger, leading a cast that includes Erica Hernandez, Omar Miller, Mike O’Gorman, Annabella Didion and Lucas Jaye.
Matt Nix (Burn Notice, The Gifted, the Disney+ Turner & Hooch reboot) penned the pilot script and serves as showrunner. Anthony Hemingway, who directed the pilot, exec produces alongside Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment partner Rae Sanchini. McG and his Wonderland Sound and Vision collaborators Mary Viola and Corey Marsh exec produce alongside Nix and his Flying Glass of Milk Productions’ Josh Levy. Sean Hoagland and Whitney Davis are co-exec producers.
True Lies hails from Disney’s 20th Television, marking a key off-network sale for the Mouse House and CBS’ lone new series from an outside studio. Sources note True Lies is in consideration for the network’s midseason schedule.
CBS originally ordered the True Lies pilot in February 2021 with an eye on the series for this past broadcast cycle. The project was pushed off-cycle a month later in order to give producers — including Cameron, who wrote and directed the movie — more time to work on it. The pilot was filmed last fall after Howey, who was cast in September, wrapped his impressive 11-season run on Showtime’s Shameless.
This is the latest attempt to bring True Lies to television. Fox previously developed an update in 2017 with Arrow’s Marc Guggenheim attached to pen the script. It never moved forward. McG in 2019 floated that a True Lies TV series was in the works for Disney+.
True Lies is CBS’ fourth drama series order for the 2022-23 broadcast season and joins procedurals East New York, Fire Country and So Help Me Todd on the network’s schedule. The Paramount Global-backed broadcast network surprisingly passed on all of its comedy pilots this week. The move came after CBS canceled a pair of Chuck Lorre comedies (B Positive, United States of Al) while also giving rookie half-hour How We Roll the ax. The network will only have four comedies on its schedule next season: Bob Hearts Abishola, Young Sheldon, The Neighborhood and breakout Ghosts.
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