CBS Orders 3 Dramas – ‘Fire Country’, ‘East New York’ & ‘So Help Me Todd’
CBS has handed series orders to three new dramas the network has announced. ‘Fire Country‘, which is created by and starring ‘SEAL Team’s Max Thieriot; Police drama ‘East New York‘ starring Amanda Warren & Jimmy Smits; And legal/PI drama ‘So Help Me Todd‘ from the people behind ‘Bull’.
‘Fire Country‘ sees Max Thieriot star as young convict Bode Donovan. Seeking redemption and a shortened prison sentence, Donovan joins a firefighting program that returns him to his small Northern California hometown, where he and other inmates work alongside elite firefighters to extinguish massive blazes across the region.
The series is inspired by Thieriot’s experiences growing up in northern California fire country. He co-wrote the story with Tony Phelan & Joan Rater, and exec produces with Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed (Jerry Bruckheimer Television). CBS are the studio. If you’re wondering what this means for Thieriot’s “Clay Spenser” in ‘SEAL Team’, they are hoping to be able to figure it out so he can still appear in both shows.
‘East New York‘ follows Regina Haywood (Amanda Warren – ‘The Leftovers’, ‘Dickinson’), the newly promoted deputy inspector of East New York, a working-class neighbourhood at the edge of Brooklyn. She leads a diverse group of officers and detectives, some of whom are reluctant to deploy her creative methods of serving and protecting in the midst of social upheaval and the early seeds of gentrification.
Alongside Warren, the series stars Kevin Rankin, Jimmy Smits, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Richard Kind, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Lavel Schley and Olivia Luccardi.
The drama is written and exec produced by William Finkelstein (‘NYPD Blue’, ‘The Good Fight’) and Mike Flynn (‘Big Sky’, ‘Power Book III’), with Christine Holder and Mark Holder (Wonder Street) also exec producing. Warner Bros. Television are the studio.
‘So Help Me Todd‘ stars Skylar Astin (‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’) in the title role. Despite their opposing personalities, Todd, a talented but directionless P.I. who is the black sheep of his family begrudgingly agrees to work as the in-house investigator for his overbearing mother, a successful attorney reeling from the recent dissolution of her marriage. Oscar, Tony, and Emmy-winning actress, Marcia Gay Harden (‘The Morning Show’, ‘Code Black’, ‘The Newsroom’), takes the role of Joan, the mother.
Madeline Wise, Tristen J. Winger, Inga Schlingmann and Rosa Arredondo also star.
The series is written by Scott Prendergast, with Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro (‘Charmed’, ‘Bull’) as co-showrunners. All three exec produce alongside Dr. Phil McGraw, Jay McGraw, and Julia Eisenman (‘Bull’) for Stage 29 Productions. CBS are the studio.
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