Last week was the annual bloodletting by television networks with more than 50 series cancelled. Though the smoke, replacement shows have been firming up on the schedule and it looks like CBS is going the ultra-safe route by spinning up three new police and military-focused dramas.
SWAT will be starring former Criminal Minds lead Shemar Moore alongside Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell, and Jay Harrington. The series is a re-imagining from the same-named earlier 2003 feature film and the earlier 1974 television series. The story features Moore as a SWAT sergeant who is torn between his team-members and his loyalty to the streets. Fast & Furious and Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin helmed the pilot episode.
SEAL Team focuses on an elite Navy Seal unit sent out on high-stakes missions and the relationships between the members of the team and their base. Bones star David Boreanaz is the show’s lead, with Max Theriot (Jumper, Bates Motel), Neil Brown Jr. (Fast & Furious, Straight Outta Compton), and Jessica Pare (Mad Men, Brooklyn). The show’s creator is Sneaky Pete and Homeland’s producer Ben Cavell.
Instinct is about a former CIA operative who is now enjoying a quiet life as a professor but suddenly recruited by the New York Police Department to help catch a serial killer. The series itself is based on a not yet published book by James Patterson (the author behind the Alex Cross series of detective novels). Alan Cumming plays the lead, with Bojana Novakovic, Daniel Ings, Lost’s Naveen Andrews and Khandi Alexander co-starring.
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