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Rene Balcer Joins CBS Pilot ‘The Ordained’ As Executive Producer/Showrunner

By | Monday March 11, 2013 @ 6:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Law & Order veteran Rene Balcer has come on board CBS‘ drama pilot The Ordained as executive producer/showrunner. Balcer has a history with the project, having helped the creator, journalist-turned-author Lisa Cullen, with conceptualizing the idea when she first conceived the show in 2011. Back then, Cullen took out Ordained as a pitch but it didn’t sell. Cullen went on to write it as a spec, developing it with her management company, The Shuman Co. The spec was sent out to TV studios last summer, landing at CBS TV Studios where studio-based Frank Marshall came on board as executive producer. After the script was picked up to pilot by CBS, the producers looked for a showrunner. Because of Balcer’s previous involvement, he was a top choice and was available, leading to his deal on the project. He will be executive producer alongside Marshall, Larry Shuman and A.B. Fischer. Directed by RJ Cutler, Ordained centers on Tom Reilly (Charlie Cox), the son of a Kennedy-esque family who leaves the priesthood and becomes a lawyer at a top New York firm to prevent his politician sister Packy (Hope Davis) from being assassinated. Sam Neill, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jorge Garcia and Audra McDonald co-star. Read More »

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Hope Davis To Co-Star In ‘The Ordained’, Tone Bell Joins ‘To My Future Assistant’

By | Thursday March 7, 2013 @ 12:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Hope DavisHope Davis (In Treatment) has been tapped for CBS‘ drama pilot The Ordained, executive produced by Frank Marshall. Directed by RJ Cutler from a script by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, Ordained centers on Tom Reilly (Charlie Cox), the son of a Kennedy-esque family who leaves the priesthood and becomes a lawyer at a top New York firm to prevent his politician sister Packy (Davis) from being assassinated. Packy is a first-term mayor of New York City who’s just announced her bid for re-election — big of heart, loud of mouth, spine of iron. Davis recently recurred on HBO’s The Newsroom.  Read More »

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Sam Neill & Emmanuelle Chriqui Join CBS Pilot ‘The Ordained’

By | Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 4:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Sam NeillSam Neill and Entourage alumna Emmanuelle Chriqui has been cast in the CBS drama pilot The Ordained, executive produced by Frank Marshall. Directed by RJ Cutler from a script by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, Ordained centers on Tom Reilly (Charlie Cox), the son of a Kennedy-esque family who leaves the priesthood and becomes a lawyer at a top New York firm to prevent his politician sister from being assassinated. Neill plays Tom’s dad, Michael Thomas Riley aka The Governor.  Chriqui plays Sam who lives next door to Tom.

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Audra McDonald To Co-Star In CBS’ ‘The Ordained’, 2 Join ‘Welcome To The Family’

By | Friday March 1, 2013 @ 10:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Private Practice alumna Audra McDonald has been cast in the CBS drama pilot The Ordained, executive produced by Frank Marshall. Directed by RJ Cutler from a script by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, Ordained centers on Tom Reilly (Charlie Cox), the son of a Kennedy-esque family who leaves the priesthood and becomes a lawyer at a top New York firm to prevent his politician sister from being assassinated. McDonald will play Anthea, a senior litigator at the firm. McDonald is the second Private Practice co-star to book a pilot; KaDee Strickland is in NBC’s Bloodline. Read More »

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Charlie Cox To Play The Lead In CBS Pilot ‘The Ordained’

By | Thursday February 21, 2013 @ 6:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Charlie CoxCharlie Cox (Stardust) has been cast as the lead of CBS’ drama pilot The Ordained, executive produced by Frank Marshall. Directed by RJ Cutler from a script by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, The Ordained centers on Tom Reilly (Cox), the son of a Kennedy-esque family who leaves the priesthood and becomes a lawyer to prevent his politician sister from being assassinated. Cullen and Robert Zotnowski co-executive produce, while Marshall, Larry Shuman and A.B. Fischer exec produce for CBS TV Studios. Brit Cox recently co-starred on HBO’s mob drama Boardwalk Empire and had a small part on Downton Abbey. On The Ordained, he joins Nestor Serrano.

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Gregg Sulkin, Tricia Helfer, Nestor Serrano & Raza Jaffrey Book Broadcast Pilots

By | Tuesday February 19, 2013 @ 4:10pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Gregg Sulkin (Pretty Little Liars) is set to co-star opposite Emma Roberts and Billy Campbell in Delirium, Fox‘s drama pilot from Karyn Usher, 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment. Based on Lauren Oliver’s bestselling book trilogy, it is set in a world where love is deemed illegal and can be eradicated with a special procedure. With 95 days to go until her scheduled treatment, Lena Holoway (Roberts) does the unthinkable: she falls in love. Sulkin will play Julien, the son of wealthy political leader Thomas Fineman (Campbell). While his father supports the use of the brain modification, Julien is conflicted about having to undergo a surgery to remove his feelings and eventually finds a kindred spirit in Lena. Sulkin, repped by UTA, D2 Management and Bloom Hergott, recently wrapped production on the Fox feature Panda Eyes opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers and he will next be seen starring opposite Selena Gomez in Disney Channel’s Wizards Of Waverly Place Reunion. Read More »

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