Gary Glasberg, executive producer/creator of CBS’ new drama NCIS: New Orleans, said at the new series’ TCA panel today that Rob Kerkovich (Cloverfield, The Rebound) will join the cast as a forensic scientist. Glasberg, who appeared on the panel with co-EPs Jeffrey Lieber and Mark Harmon and cast members Zoe McLellan, Scott Bakula, CCH Pounder and Lucas Black, said the series will begin shooting in New Orleans on Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, CBS entertainment chief Nina Tassler called NCIS and its spinoffs a “billion-dollar franchise.” The newest member of the club was introduced as a planted spinoff via two episodes of NCIS earlier this year. Read More »
Here are the first looks at CBS‘ new dramas and comedies as part of the 2014-2015 series orders. The network has made full trailers of most of its fall series now that its upfront presentation has concluded in New York — including summer series Extant. Still to come, midseasoners Battle Creek, CSI: Cyber and The Odd Couple. Here’s the rest:
Related: CBS 2014 Schedule
Extant – Summer Drama
Produced by CBS Television Studios. From executive producers Steven Spielberg, Greg Walker, Mickey Fisher, Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, and Adam Rodin.
Madam Secretary – Fall Drama
Produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Revelations Entertainment. From executive producer/writer Barbara Hall, executive producer/director David Semel and executive producers Lori McCreary and Morgan Freeman.
NCIS: New Orleans – Fall Drama
Produced by CBS Television Studios. From writer/executive producer Gary Glasberg and executive producers Mark Harmon and Jeffrey Lieber.
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Jeffrey Lieber has been added to CBS‘ new drama series NCIS: New Orleans as executive producer. Lieber will help NCIS: New Orleans creator/executive producer Gary Glasberg in running the series. Glasberg will be pulling double duty next season as he also runs the mothership NCIS series. Also executive producing NCIS: New Orleans, which will launch behind NCIS in the fall, is NCIS star/exec producer Mark Harmon. This marks Lieber’s return to CBS where he previously created and executive produced drama series Miami Medical. He spent the last three years as an executive producer on USA’s Necessary Roughness and is also credited as a co-creator of ABC’s Lost. Lieber is with CAA, Madhouse Entertainment and Peter Nelson.
Related: CBS 2014 Schedule
CBS has made the bulk of its new series orders for next season with pickups for a whopping four dramas, NCIS: New Orleans, Madam Secretary, Stalker (formerly untitled Kevin Williamson) and Scorpion. They join previously ordered straight to series Battle Creek. On the comedy side the picks went to Matthew Perry’s The Odd Couple reboot, to be run by Bob Daily, who has closed a new deal with CBS Studios, and multi-generational family comedy The McCarthys.
Related: 2014 CBS Pilots
Besides the large number of dramas (CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves had told investors the network would pick up two new hourlong series for next season), what’s remarkable about the list is the pilots that did not make it — most notably the planted CSI spinoff starring Patricia Arquette and the How I Met Your Mother spinoff How I Met Your Dad. I hear talks on the CSI spinoff, which would be a big moneymaker for CBS’ sibling CBS Studios, are ongoing and are expected to result in a pickup (UPDATE: CBS Picks Up ‘CSI: Cyber’ To Series). Things are more complicated with 20th Century Fox TV-produced How I Met Your Dad. Just as those false pickup rumors began circulating yesterday, we started to to hear that CBS may not go forward with the high-profile project. It is unclear yet if that is genuine disinterest in the show or a negotiating tactic to get a piece of it. CBS is known to drop bombs before, like last year’s pass on The Beverly Hills Cop pilot. And the network and HIMYD producer 20th TV had a rough negotiations for Friends With Better Lives last May. CBS owns or co-owns (with Sony TV) all newly picked up comedy series and all but one (Warner Bros. TV’s Stalker) drama. With Stalker, WBTV saw all seven of its drama pilots go to series. (Its eight one, which didn’t go, was a planted spinoff, Bloodlines, which aired as an episode of Supernatural.)
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