CBS New Show Trailers – ‘True Lies’, ‘Fire Country’, ‘East New York’ & ‘So Help Me Todd’
As the craziness of “Upfronts” begins to come to a close, some of the big US networks have started to release trailers for the new shows that will be joining the broadcasters from the Autumn (or “Fall” for those Americans reading this.) First up, we take a look at CBS and their four pick-ups – ‘True Lies‘, ‘Fire Country‘, ‘East New York‘ & ‘So Help Me Todd‘.
Based on James Cameron’s hit 1994 action-comedy, ‘True Lies‘ sees an unfulfilled suburban housewife who is shocked to discover that her seemly bland and unremarkable computer consultant husband is actually a skilled international spy, and finds herself propelled into a life of danger and adventure when she’s recruited to work alongside him to save the world as they try to revitalize their passionless marriage.
The series is led by Steve Howey (‘Shameless’) as Harry, and Ginger Gonzaga (‘I’m Dying Up Here’, ‘She-Hulk’) as Helen. Also starring are Omar Miller (CSI: Miami’) as Gib, the logistics guy for the group; Mike O’Gorman (‘Vice Principals’) as Luther, another undercover operative posing as a computer salesman; And Erica Hernandez (‘Bridge and Tunnel’) as Maria, another of the operatives working with Harry.
‘True Lies’ is written and exec produced by Matt Nix, who created the wonderfully entertaining ‘Burn Notice’ for USA Network, and Marvel mutant drama ‘The Gifted’ for FOX. McG (‘Lethal Weapon’, ‘Chuck’, Charlie’s Angels’), who has been trying to bring ‘True Lies’ to tv since 2016, exec produces alongside Mary Viola (for McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision), with James Cameron and Rae Sanchini (for Lightstorm Entertainment). 20th Television serves as the studio.
‘Fire Country‘ sees Max Thieriot (‘SEAL Team’) 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.
Thieriot co-wrote the story with Tony Phelan & Joan Rater (‘Grey’s Anatomy’), inspired by his experiences growing up in northern California fire country. 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’, he will be pulling double-duty, and starring in both shows.
East New York
‘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 Jimmy Smits, Kevin Rankin, 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
‘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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