Thursday, May 12, 2022

CBS Picks Up Dramas 'East New York,' 'Fire Country' and 'So Help Me Todd' to Series

CBS has today picked up three drama pilots to series - Fire Country (formerly Cal Fire), East New York and So Help Me Todd (formerly untitled). All three series will air during the broadcast network's upcoming 2022-23 schedule.

East New York - Regina Haywood is the newly promoted deputy inspector of East New York, a working-class neighborhood 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.

The drama will star Amanda Warren, Kevin Rankin, Jimmy Smits, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Richard Kind, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Lavel Schley and Olivia Luccardi.

William Finkelstein and Mike Flynn wrote the pilot, which was directed by Michael M. Robin. They will executive produce with Christine Holder and Mark Holder. Andrew Maher will co-executive produce. Warner Bros. Television, Skyemac Productions and Wonder Street will produce.

Fire Country - Seeking redemption and a shortened prison sentence, young convict Bode 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 drama will star Max Thieriot, Billy Burke, Kevin Alejandro, Diane Farr, Stephanie Arcila, Jordan Calloway and Jules Latimer.

Tony Phelan and Joan Rater wrote the pilot based on a story by them and Thieriot, which was directed by James Strong. They will executive produce with Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed and David Grae. CBS Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer Television will produce.

So Help Me Todd - Despite their opposing personalities, 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.

The drama will star Marcia Gay Harden, Skylar Astin, Madeline Wise, Tristen J. Winger, Inga Schlingmann and Rosa Arredondo.

Scott Prendergast wrote the pilot, which was directed by Amy York Rubin. They will executive produce with showrunner Elizabeth Klaviter, Phil McGraw, Jay McGraw and Julia Eisenman. CBS Studios and Stage 29 Productions will produce.