The cast and exec producers of CBS’ new cyber-cop-procedural drama Intelligence got the most dangerous assignment at the TCA Winter TV Press Tour today: wax optimistic about your show to a couple hundred TV critics two days after it did a ratings bellyflop. “Did something happen in the ratings?” creator/EP Michael Seitzman answered brightly when hit with the inevitable ratings question.
CBS is pinning great hope on Intelligence’s ability to regain the ratings ground the network once enjoyed Mondays at 10 with CSI: Miami and, to a lesser degree, Hawaii Five-0. Earlier this season, CBS unintentionally pulled a prince-and-pauper with NBC in the hour, putting the new, NBC-esque, heavily-serialized thriller Hostages in the hour, while NBC slotted its homage to CBS procedurals, The Blacklist, in the hour. NBC won.
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Two weeks ago Intelligence got off to a terrific start in its out-of-timeslot premiere, clocking nearly 17 million viewers nestled between the most-watched scripted series on television, NCIS, and Person Of Interest, to become the most watched new series premiere this season. In adults 18-49, it posted a respectable 2.4 rating. But, this week, moved to its regular Monday night at 10 slot, Intelligence took a nosebleedingly steep plunge from its premiere to pick up where Hostages left off with a 1.1 in the demo. Intelligence’s soft performance was even more disappointing in that it followed solid performances by CBS’ Monday comedy block, and opposite a so-so Blacklist that lacked a Voice lead-in. Read More »
CBS‘ midseason drama Intelligence, originally slated for a post-Olympics launch on February 24, will premiere on January 13 after a preview on January 7 behind an original episode of CBS’ biggest drama series, NCIS. Airing in the Monday 10 PM slot, Intelligence will succeed Hostages,… Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Production on CBS’ midseason drama series Intelligence was shut down yesterday because one of its stars is on medical leave. Meghan Ory has been sidelined since last week when she had an appendectomy. The series h… Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Law & Order alum Barry Schindel has closed a deal to board CBS’ midseason drama series Intelligence as executive producer and showrunner, working closely with the series creator/executive producer Michael Seitzman. Schindel replaces Rene Echevarria who … Read More »
Comic-Con formally began today with a little Intelligence. Though it was a bit less than promised. Showrunner Rene Echevarria was scheduled to appear today on the upcoming one-hour drama’s panel at Comic-Con but having departed the CBS show last week he was an obvious no-show this morning. Still creator/executive producer Michael Seitzman was there as were stars Josh Holloway, Meghan Ory and Marg Helgenberger and EP Tripp Vinson for what was one of the opening panels of this year’s San Diego confab. Set to debut in February, Intelligence focuses on a U.S. Cyber Command unit that has been created around one agent Gabriel (Holloway). The agent has a microchip implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum and the Internet.
The late starting panel opened with a special effect heavy and action packed preview of the first episode of the series. The show started with Holloway sneaking up on a satellite dish in the Himalayas to mentally tap into data and depictions of a terrorist attack and then being taken captive in a Pakistani military base – which of course he escaped from. It then shifted to Cyber Command where CSI alumni Helgenberger, who was walking around the Con yesterday, was introduced as Cyber Command director Lillian Stand. Once Upon A Time regular Ory plays Riley O’Neil, a Presidential detail Secret Service Agent assigned to protest the Gabriel character. I won’t say anymore except to add that a kidnapping of a top scientist by rogue Chinese operatives and paintball figure prominently in the episode. Echevarria’s name was among the EPs in the opening credits of the preview show. The packed Ballroom 20 loved the preview and they really loved it when former Lost star Holloway walked out for the panel. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Rene Echevarria joined CBS’ midseason drama pilot Intelligence as executive producer/showrunner in February to partner with creator/executive producer Michael Seitzman in running the series for ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios. Now we’ve learned … Read More »
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EXCLUSIVE: Once Upon A Time‘s Meghan Ory has been cast as the female lead opposite Josh Holloway in CBS’ drama pilot Intelligence, which co-stars Marg Helgenberger. Also joining the pilot, created/executive produced by Michael Seitzman, exec produced by Rene Echevarria and Tripp Vinson and directed/exec produced by David Semel, is P.J. Byrne. For Ory, who is a regular on Once, Intelligence is in first position. Both Once and Intelligence are produced by ABC Studios, which allowed the flexibility. After recurring heavily on Season 1 of Once, Ory was promoted to regular in part because of interest for pilots she received last season. Her character Ruby has not been as prominently featured in this season’s storylines as it was last season. Intelligence is centered at U.S. Cyber Command and focuses on a unit that has been created around one agent (Holloway) with a very special gift — a microchip has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Ory, repped by Gersh and Canada’s Pacific Artists, will play Riley O’Neil, an ex Secret Service taking on the challenge of protecting the nation’s top intelligence asset. Read More »
A year after she bid farewell to CBS’ long-running crime drama CSI after 12 seasons, Marg Helgenberger is back at the network with a starring role in crime drama pilot Intelligence. … Read More »
Rene Echevarria has joined CBS’ drama pilot Intelligence as executive producer/showrunner. He will be partnering with creator/executive producer Michael Seitzman in running the series for ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios. Based on unpublished book Dissident by John Dixon, Intelligence, which stars Josh Holloway, is centered at U.S. Cyber Command and focuses on a unit that has been created around one agent with a very special gift — a microchip has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Star Trek veteran Echevarria, repped by WME, served as executive producer/showrunner on Fox’s Terra Nova. He also co-created USA’s The 4400 and worked on Medium and Castle. Read More »
Lost alum Josh Holloway is set as the lead in Intelligence, CBS‘ drama pilot from writer Michael Seitzman, ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios. Based on unpublished book Dissident by John Dixon, Intelligence is centered … Read More »
CBS has given pilot orders to two more dramas, Anatomy Of Violence, from the Homeland trio of executive producers Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa and Alex Cary, and Intelligence, from writer Michael Seitzman. The network also … Read More »