Monday, June 6, 2016

CBS Orders 13 Episodes of Drama 'Ransom' Starring Luke Roberts

CBS has given a straight-to-series order of 13 episodes to original drama series Ransom starring Luke Roberts. The drama comes from Entertainment One, France's TF1 and Canada's Corus Global. The series will debut in 2017.

Inspired by the professional experiences of crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert, Ransom follows crisis and hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont (Roberts), whose team is brought in to save lives when no one else can. Eric understands criminals better than they do, and uses his insight into human behavior to resolve the most difficult kidnap and ransom cases. Despite the stakes, Eric refuses to resort to violence, even when confronted by some of the most dangerous criminals in the world. While Eric's considerable powers of manipulation make him the best at what he does professionally, they often complicate his relationships with family, friends and colleagues. Is Eric being himself, or who he needs to be in order to get what he wants? The difference is often hard to tell. The series begins with Eric taking on Maxine Carlson, a new member of the team eager to prove herself. But a dangerous secret from Maxine's past may pose a threat that even the great Eric Beaumont is unable to resolve.

Frank Spotnitz (The Man in the High Castle) and David Vainola (Combat Hospital) co-created the drama. They will serve as executive producers with Jennifer Kawaja, Julia Sereny, Valerie Pechels and Odile McDonald. eOne, Big Light Productions, Sienna Films and Wildcats Productions produce.

"As CBS continues to program year round, we are always looking for series that can fit seamlessly within our schedule and connect with our viewers," said Glenn Geller, CBS Entertainment president. "Ransom brings a compelling new approach to a character-driven crime drama with a sense of urgency and closure in each episode."

"The world of crisis negotiation is incredibly compelling, as demonstrated by the fascinating real-life cases Laurent Combalbert has negotiated," said Spotnitz. "Laurent has inspired a brilliant and complex character, and you can't help but be moved seeing all the lives he's saved around the world."

Added eOne TV CEO John Morayniss: "We are delighted to partner with CBS, TFI and Global to bring Ransom to screens around the world. We are especially grateful to the Wildcats team, who brought the IP on which the show is inspired, Sienna Films with whom we have a longstanding and successful relationship, and Frank Spotnitz whose talents and vast experience will ensure delivery of a top notch show."