EXCLUSIVE: NCIS: LA creator/showrunner Shane Brennan has teamed with top video game writer Jesse Stern (Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 1&2) for Insecurity, a drama project, which has been set up at CBS. The two previously worked together on the mothership NCIS series. Written by Stern, Insecurity centers on an obsessive compulsive former Federal Agent turned Head of Security at a Boston art museum who uses his unique professional and personal background — he was raised by criminals — to help solve complex local and federal cases across the country. The project hails from CBS TV Studios, Brennan’s studio-based Shane Brennan Prods. and Oasis Media. Brennan, Stern, Grant Anderson, David Lonner, Larry Shuman and John Mass executive produce. This is CAA-repped Stern’s second sale this season — he also has comedy Thursdays with Breckin Meyer, Sony TV and Fanfare at NBC. Paradigm-repped Brennan recently developed and executive produced the TNT drama King & Maxwell.
EXCLUSIVE: CBS is looking to further expand its NCIS franchise with another spinoff. The untitled project, written/executive produced by NCIS and NCIS: LA executive producer Shane Brennan, is a planted spinoff from NCIS: LA, which Brennan created and serves as showrunner on. It will feature new characters who will be introduced in two-part episode of NCIS: LA later this season. The proposed spinoff, produced by CBS TV Studios, will follow a small mobile team of agents, who are forced to live and work together, as they crisscross the country solving crimes.
Both NCIS: LA and its mothership series, juggernaut NCIS, originated as planted spinoffs, as two-part episodes of JAG and NCIS, respectively. In using NCIS: LA as a launchpad for the new spinoff, CBS is taking a page from the playbook of the long-running CSI franchise, in which the third series, CSI: NY, also started off as a planted spinoff from spinoff CSI: Miami.
Now in its 10th season, NCIS continues to be one of the biggest scripted series on television. Airing behind it, NCIS: LA, now in its fourth season, has been a solid ratings performer and commands one of the highest off-network syndication license fees for a drama series. (It is the subject of ongoing litigation by NCIS creator Don Bellisario.) Read More »
2ND UPDATE 11:40 AM: TNT went for a trio of heavy TV hitters with its pilot pickups today, greenlighting Howard Gordon‘s Legends, Jerry Bruckheimer‘s Trooper and Shane Brennan‘s King & Maxwell. All three were … Read More »