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Your Complete Guide to Pilots and Straight-to-Series orders

2021 CBS Pilots & Series Orders

2021 CBS Pilots & Series Orders

6 Pilots
6 Series Orders


CSI: VEGAS (Ordered straight to series)

Facing an existential threat that could bring down the Crime Lab, a brilliant new team of forensic investigators must welcome back old friends and deploy new techniques to preserve and serve justice in Sin City. Sequel to the 2000-15 CBS drama 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.'

Studio CBS Studios/Jerry Bruckheimer Television

Team Jason Tracey (ep, sr), Uta Briesewitz (d, ep), Jerry Bruckheimer (ep), Jonathan Littman (ep), KristieAnne Reed (ep), Anthony Zuiker (ep), Carol Mendelsohn (ep), Ann Donahue (ep), Craig O’Neill (ep), William Petersen (ep), Cindy Chvatal (ep)

Cast William Petersen, Jorja Fox, Wallace Langham, Paula Newsome, Matt Lauria, Mel Rodriguez and Mandeep Dhillon

FBI: INTERNATIONAL (Ordered straight to series)

'FBI' spinoff follows the elite agents of the FBI’s International division as they travel the world with the mission of protecting Americans wherever they may be.

Studio Wolf Entertainment/Universal Television/CBS Studios

Team Dick Wolf (ep), Derek Haas (ep, sr), Rick Eid (ep), Peter Jankowski (ep), Arthur Forney (ep)

Cast Luke Kleintank, Heida Reed, Vinessa Vidotto, Christiane Paul, Carter Redwood

GOOD SAM (Picked up to series)

A talented yet stifled surgeon embraces her leadership role after her renowned and pompous boss falls into a coma. When he awakens and wants to resume surgery, however, it falls to her to supervise this overbearing blowhard who never acknowledged her talents -- and also happens to be her father.

Studio CBS Television Studios/Sutton St. Productions

Team Katie Wech (w, ep), Jennie Snyder Urman (ep), Joanna Klein (ep)

Cast Sophia Bush, Jason Isaacs, Edwin Hodge, Skye P. Marshall, Michael Stahl-David, Davi Santos, Omar Maskati, Wendy Crewson

NCIS: HAWAI'I (Ordered straight to series)

Set in the Aloha State, it follows the first female Special Agent in Charge of NCIS Pearl Harbor and her team as they balance duty to family and country, investigating high-stakes crimes involving military personnel, national security and the mysteries of the island itself.

Studio CBS Studios

Team Christopher Silber (w, ep), Jan Nash (w, ep), Matt Bosack (w, ep), Larry Teng (d, ep)

Cast Vanessa Lachey, Yasmine Al-Bustami, Jason Antoon, Tori Anderson, Kian Talan

TRUE LIES (Pushed to off-cycle)

Shocked to discover that her bland and unremarkable computer consultant husband is a skilled international spy, an unfulfilled suburban housewife is 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. Based on the 1994 movie.

Studio 20th Television

Team Matt Nix (w, ep), McG (d, ep), James Cameron (ep), Mary Viola (ep), Rae Sanchini (ep)

Cast Steve Howey, Ginger Gonzaga

WAYS & MEANS (Not going forward)

FKA The Whip

A powerful congressional leader who has lost faith in politics finds himself working secretly with an idealistic young congresswoman from the opposing party to subvert the hopelessly gridlocked system he helped create. Together, they’ll attempt to save American politics -- if they don’t get caught.

Studio CBS TV Studios

Team Ed Redlich (w, ep), Mike Murphy (w, ep), Nina Tassler (ep), Denise Di Novi (ep), Tom Lassally (ep), Patrick Dempsey (ep), Joannie Burstein (co-ep), Phil Abraham (d, ep)

Cast Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Warren, Troian Bellisario


GHOSTS (Picked up to series; single-camera)

Follows a young couple, Samantha and Ryan, whose dreams come true when they inherit a beautiful country house, only to find it’s both falling apart and inhabited by many of the deceased previous residents. Based on the British series.

Studio Lionsgate Television/BBC Studios/CBS Television Studios

Team Joe Port (w,ep), Joe Wiseman (w, ep), Mathew Baynton (ep), Jim Howick (ep), Simon Farnaby (ep), Laurence Rickard (ep), Ben Willbond (ep), Martha Howe-Douglas, Alison Carpenter (ep), Debra Hayward (ep), Alison Owen (ep), Angie Stephenson (ep)

Cast Rose McIver, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Rebecca Wisocky, Brandon Scott Jones, Danielle Pinnock, Asher Grodman, Richie Moriarty, Sheila Carrasco and Román Zaragoza

JURY DUTY (Rolled, in contention for pilot order; hybrid)

Jurors are sequestered together until they all agree on a verdict -- and they can’t even agree on lunch.

Studio CBS Television Studios

Team Dana Klein (w, ep), Stephanie Darrow (w, ep), James Acaster; Kenton Allen (ep), Matthew Justice (ep)

Cast Meaghan Rath, Jack Cutmore-Scott

HOW WE ROLL (Pickled up to series; multi-camera)

FKA Smallwood

After being laid off from the assembly line at the GM factory, a seemingly ordinary man makes the extraordinary decision to provide for his family by following his dream of becoming a professional bowler. Based on pro bowler Tom Smallwood’s life.

Studio CBS Studios

Team Mark Gross (w, ep), David Hollander (ep), Brian D’Arcy James (ep), Mark Cendrowski (d)

Cast Pete Holmes, Chi McBride, Katie Lowes, Julie White, Tahj Mowry, Rondi Reed, Judy Kain, Amanda Perez, Matt McCarthy

THE THREE OF US (Produced, rolled; multi-camera)

Adult siblings who are children of divorce must circle the wagons when their sister’s husband unexpectedly announces he wants to call it quits on their marriage.

Studio CBS Television Studios/Fulwell 73

Team Frank Pines (w, ep), Ben Winston (ep), Jeff Grosvenor (ep), James Corden (ep)

Cast Oliver Hudson, Malin Akerman, Vanessa Lachey

UNTITLED SARAH COOPER/CINDY CHUPACK PROJECT (Not going forward; single camera)

Three women at different stages in their careers at a male-dominated company help each other navigate modern gender politics in their professional and personal lives. Inspired by Sarah Cooper's book 'How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings.'

Studio CBS Studios/PatMa

Team Sarah Cooper (w, ep), Cindy Chupack (w, ep, sr), Nina Tassler (ep), Denise Di Novi (ep), Joan Boorstein (ep), Amy York Rubin (d)

Cast TBA

WILDE THINGS (Produced, rolled; multi-camera)

FKA The Big Bad Wolfes; Please Hold for Frankie Wolfe

Frankie Wolfe is a very successful and fiercely independent crisis manager whose world is turned upside down when she decides to let someone into her life for the first time — an 11-year-old girl whom she adopts and raises with the occasional help of her fragile, nervous wreck of a sister.

Studio Universal Television

Team Max Mutchnick (w, ep), David Kohan (w, ep)

Cast Julie Bowen, Stephanie Koenig, Ken Marino, Milan Carter, Juliet Donenfeld

WELCOME TO GEORGIA (Not going forward; multi-camera)

FKA Untitled Kingsbury/Daley/Goldstein Project

When Penelope's career takes off at exactly the same time as her husband's, they call on Penelope's young single mom, Georgia, to help raise their son, but what they find is Georgia needs more raising than their kid.

Studio CBS Studios/Kapital Entertainment

Team Corinne Kingsbury (w, ep), John Francis Daley (w, ep), Jonathan Goldstein (w, ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Dana Honor (ep), Wendi Trilling (ep), Pamela Fryman (d, ep)

Cast Hannah Simone, Elizabeth Hurley, Taran Killam



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