Thursday, April 24, 2014

EW. Complete fall 2014 pilot list - 'Madam Secretary'

Note: It seems Tea's character last name was officially changed. She was Elizabeth McGill and in this list she appears as Elizabeth McCord.  

EW: In just four weeks, we’ll find out if Anthony LaPaglia and David Schwimmer will stage comebacks to prime time, or if Flash will really fly for the CW. Chances are it will, but what about those comic book-inspired dramas in the works at Fox and NBC? Here’s your chance to see all the possibilities, but don’t get your hopes up too high: A majority of these pilots won’t make the cut for fall.

CBS

DRAMA
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS: The NCIS New Orleans office handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. New Orleans with its rich setting of music, fun, and debauchery is a magnet for military personnel on-leave. And with fun comes trouble. It is a natural backdrop for a unique character driven spin-off. Cast: Scott Bakula (Special Agent Dwayne Pride); CCH Pounder (Dr. Loretta Wade).

BATTLE CREEK: When two detectives with very different world views are teamed up, they must answer the question: is cynicism, guile, and deception enough to clean up the semi-mean streets of Battle Creek, Michigan in the face of a complete lack of resources; or is the exact opposite true – it takes naïveté, trust and a boatload of resources? Cast: Josh Duhamel (Milton Chamberlain); Dean Winters (Det. Russ Agnew); Kal Penn (Det. Fontanelle).

MADAM SECRETARY: About the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics, and balances a complex family life. Cast: Tea Leoni (Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord); Tim Daly (Henry McCord); Bebe Neuwirth (Nadine Tolliver).

STALKER: Psychological thriller centered around a pair of detectives who handle stalking incidents for the Threat Management Unit of the LAPD. Cast: Maggie Q (Detective Beth Davis); Dylan McDermott (Detective Jack Larsen).

FIELD OF PLAY: When a terrorist event rocks Washington, D.C., a retired CIA operative is pulled back into action, forced to investigate closer to home where the next generation of terrorists are being bred. Cast: Anthony LaPaglia (Coach Holden Weller); Samantha Mathis (Olivia Jordan).

SCORPION: An eccentric genius and his international network of super-geniuses form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age. Cast: Robert Patrick (Agent Cabe Gallo); Eddie Kaye Thomas (Toby); Katharine McPhee (Paige).

UNTITLED CUSACK/McCABE/ELMORE/CAVELL PROJECT: Series set in the world of Wall Street power and money. Charlie Cox (Jackson Holliday); Maggie Grace (Jamie Fields); David Morse (J.D. Conklin); John Cusack (guest star).

UNTITLED DAVID MARSHALL GRANT PROJECT: Soapy medical show centered around quadruplets – three brothers and a sister – who grew up on a reality show. Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis (Evelyn Lang); Ashton Holmes (Jason Lang); Anna Brewster (Dani).

CSI PLANTED SPIN-OFF: Technology, as we know it, has amplified human behavior to the point where faceless criminals are committing crimes at global proportions with a touch of a button. Avery Ryan, Special Agent in Charge at the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI in Quantico, VA, is tasked to solve high octane crimes that start in the mind, live on-line, and play out into the real world. Cast: Patricia Arquette (Special Agent Avery Ryan)



Competition is already fierce at CBS, which could pick up as few as two new comedy and two new drama series (though three, especially on the comedy side, seems to be a possibility). There are already several strong half-hour pilots, the How I Met Your Mother spinoff How I Met Your Dad; two standup-driven vehicles, Tom Papa’s More Time With Family and the untitled Jim Gaffiganproject; as well as Matthew Perry’s The Odd Couple reboot, which had a solid taping.

Drama-wise, the NCIS spinoff starring Scott Bakula is going strong. The Tea Leoni-starring Madam Secretary is gaining momentum, with the John Cusack-produced Wall Street drama and the untitled Kevin Williamson thriller also talked about, the CSI spinoff starring Patricia Arquette very much in the mix and terrorism drama Red Zone, which would bring Without A Trace star Anthony LaPaglia back to CBS, also mentioned. (Vince Gilligan-David Shore’s Battle Creekhas a straight-to-series order.)

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