Upfronts 2015/16: CBS

Supergirl will lead the charge for new dramas on CBS in 2015/16.

It is one of five new hour-long series heading to the network, alongside Code Black, Limitless, Rush Hour, and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.

The network’s returning dramas include NCIS: New Orleans, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI: Cyber, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, NCIS: Los Angeles, Person of Interest, and Scorpion.

Battle Creek and Stalker have been cancelled, while CSI: Crime Scene Investigation will end its 15-season run with a two-hour finale on September 27.

Code Black (season one)

Based on the documentary by Ryan McGarry about life in one of the busiest, most notorious ER departments in the US. It stars Marcia Gay Harden, Bonnie Somerville, Melanie Kannokada, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Harry M Ford, Luis Guzman, Raza Jaffrey, and William Allen Young.

Michael Seitzman, Marti Noxon, Linda Goldstein-Knowlton, Ryan McGarry, and David Semel are executive producers for ABC Studios in association with CBS Television Studios.

Code Black

Code Black

Limitless (season one)

Based on the film, it follows Brian Finch (Jake McDorman), who discovers the brain-boosting power of the mysterious drug NZT and is coerced by the FBI into using his extraordinary cognitive abilities to solve complex cases for them. The cast includes Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Bradley Cooper.

Craig Sweeny, Marc Webb, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Heather Kadin, Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, and Tom Forman are executive producers for CBS Television Studios in association with K/O Paper Products and Relativity Television.



Supergirl (season one)

An action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. The cast includes Chyler Leigh, Calista Flockhart, Mehcad Brooks, and David Harewood.

Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler, Sarah Schecter, and Andrew Kreisberg are executive producers for Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros Television.



Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (season one)

A spin-off from the original series, it stars Gary Sinise in a drama about the specialised International Division of the FBI tasked with solving crimes and coming to the rescue of Americans who find themselves in danger while abroad. The cast includes Daniel Henney, and Tyler James Williams.Mark Gordon, Erica Messer and Nick Pepper are executive producers for ABC Studios in association with CBS Television Studios and The Mark Gordon Company.

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

Rush Hour (season one)

A reimagining of the feature film franchise, this is a buddy-cop drama about a maverick LAPD detective and a by-the-book detective from Hong Kong who knock heads when they are forced to partner together. It stars Jon Foo, Justin Hires,  Wendie Malick, and Aimee Garcia.

Bill Lawrence, Blake McCormick, Jeff Ingold, Jon Turteltaub, Arthur Sarkissian, and Brett Ratner are executive producers for Warner Bros Television.

Rush Hour

Rush Hour

Upfronts 2015/16: The CW

The CW renewed ten dramas for 2015/16, adding new series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Containment to its schedule next year.

Comedy-drama Jane the Virgin, The Flash, iZombie, Arrow, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, and The Originals will all return after receiving new season orders.

Period drama Reign will also be back, with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Containment due to launch in midseason, and The 100 and Beauty and the Beast returning in 2016.

Jane the Virgin (season two)

Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez) has always lived by the rules, but when she was accidentally artificially inseminated her life became as dramatic and outrageous as the telenovelas she grew up watching. It stars Ivonne Coll, Justin Baldoni, Brett Dier, Yael Grobglas, Jaime Camill, and Andrea Navedo.

It is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros Television, in association with Electus, with executive producers Jennie Snyder Urman, Ben Silverman, Gary Pearl, and Jorge Granier.

Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin

The Flash (season two)

Grant Gustin stars as Barry Allen, who lives a normal life as a CSI in the Central City Police Department until he is hit by a dark matter lightning storm that gives him super-speed. It also stars Candice Patton, Jesse L Martin, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, and Tom Cavanaugh.

Based on the characters from DC Comics, The Flash is from by Bonanza Productions in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, David Nutter, and Sarah Schechter.

The Flash

The Flash

iZombie (season two)

This zom-dram-rom-com follows Liv Moore (Rose McIver), who learned to embrace her undead life and use her zombie powers for good. As an intrepid, zombified medical examiner, Liv ate the brains of the morgue cadavers and, under the guise of being a psychic, used her visions to assist Detective Clive Babinaux (Malcolm Goodwin) in solving murder cases. It also stars Rahul Kohli, David Anders, and Robert Buckley.

Based upon characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, and published by DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, iZOMBIE is from Bonanza Productions in association with Spondoolie Productions and Warner Bros Television.



Arrow (season four)

After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific.  He returned home to Starling City, bent on righting the wrongs of his family and fighting injustice. It stars David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Brandon Routh, Katie Cassidy, and Willa Holland.

Based on the characters from DC Comics, Arrow is from Bonanza Productions in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, and Sarah Schechter.



Supernatural (season 11)

Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have spent their lives on the road, battling every kind of supernatural threat.  Over the years, after countless bloody adventures, they have faced everything from the yellow-eyed demon that killed their mother to vampires, ghosts, shapeshifters, angels and fallen gods.  With the help of allies — both human and supernatural — they’ve discovered that every victory comes with a price. It stars Ruth Connell, Mark Sheppard, and Misha Collins.

Supernatural is produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros Television, with executive producers Jeremy Carver, Robert Singer, and Phil Sgriccia. Eric Kripke created the series and is an executive consultant, along with McG.



The Vampire Diaries (season seven)

This supernatural drama is set in Mystic Falls, Virginia, a small town haunted by supernatural beings. It stars Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham, Nina Dobrev, Candice Accola, Paul Wesley, and Matt Davis.

Based on the series of books by LJ Smith, it is from Bonanza Productions in association with Outerbanks Entertainment, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros Television and CBS Television Studios.  The series was developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, who executive produce with Leslie Morgenstein, and Caroline Dries.

The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries

The Originals (season three)

The Original vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) and his brother Elijah (Daniel Gillies) have spent 1,000 years fighting to protect their dysfunctional family, but now that Klaus and the hybrid Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) share an infant daughter, Hope, the stakes are higher than ever. It also stars Riley Voelkel, Charles Michael Davis, Danielle Campbell, Leah Pipes, and Yusuf Gatewood.

It is from Bonanza Productions in association with My So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros Television and CBS Television Studios.  Julie Plec, Michael Narducci, Diane Ademu-John, and Leslie Morgenstein are executive producers.

The Originals

The Originals

Reign (season two)

Mary, Queen of Scots (Adelaide Kane), and her husband the King of France, Francis (Toby Regbo) lived through the birth of the King’s, but not the Queen’s, son, the plague, and a nation divided.  Catherine de Medici (Megan Follows), realising her limited power now that her daughter-in-law wears her crown, made a bold move to align herself with Mary’s ultimate enemy, Queen Elizabeth (Rachel Skarsten) of England. It also stars Torrance Coombs, Caitlin Stasey, and Celina Sinden.

Reign is produced by CBS Television Studios, Whizbang Films and Take 5 Productions with executive producers Laurie McCarthy, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Brad Silberling, Gretchen Berg, and Aaron Harberts.



DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (season one)

Time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat — one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself.  Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known? It stars Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill, Caity Lotz, Ciarra Renee, Franz Drameh, with Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller.

Based on the characters from DC Comics, DC’S Legends of Tomorrow is from Bonanza Productions in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, and Sarah Schechter.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

Containment (season one)

When a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, a vast urban quarantine is quickly enforced, forcing those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives while local and federal officials desperately search for a cure. Trying to keep the peace on the streets is police officer Lex Carnahan, who has quickly risen through the ranks of the Atlanta PD.  But Lex’s job becomes even harder when he learns that his longtime girlfriend, Jana, and his best friend and fellow officer Jake, are trapped within the cordoned area.  The cast includes David Gyasi, Christina Moses, Chris Wood, Kristen Gutoskie, Claudia Black, George Young, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, and Trevor St John.

Based on the original Belgian series Cordon, created by Carl Joos for Eyeworks, Containment is produced by My So-Called Company in association with Warner Bros Television, with executive producers Julie Plec and David Nutter.



The 100 (season three)

The refugees of The 100 sent to Earth have been at war. First with themselves, then with the Grounders, and finally with Mount Weather. But now the war is over. The prisoners have returned home to a world seemingly at peace, but can they find peace within themselves after what they had to do to escape?

Based on the book series by Kass Morgan, The 100 is from Bonanza Productions in association with Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros Television and CBS Television Studios, with executive producers Jason Rothenberg and Leslie Morgenstein.

The 100

The 100

Amazon UK secures Extant season two

Amazon Prime Instant Video has picked up the second season of Halle Berry drama Extant for its subscribers in the US.



The new run, which begins on the VoD platform on July 2, see astronaut Molly Woods (Berry) discovers she has unwittingly put the human race on a path to destruction, and that she and mysterious stranger JD Richter (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) may be Earth’s only hope for survival.A new episode will be released each week after its US airing, with season one already available.

The series also stars Pierce Gagnon and Grace Gummer.

Extant is coproduced by CBS Television Studios and Amblin Television. Steven Spielberg, Liz Kruger, Craig Shapiro, Mickey Fisher, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Berry, and Brooklyn Weaver are executive producers.

Syfy pilots Incorporated

Syfy is piloting a futuristic espionage thriller from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.



Set in a future where companies have unlimited power, Incorporated follows executive Ben Larson, who is forced to change his identity to infiltrate a cut-throat corporate world and save the woman he loves.

It is created by David and Alex Pastor, who will write and direct the pilot. Showrunner Ted Humphrey will executive produce with Damon, Affleck, and Jennifer Todd. Margaret Chernin is an associate producer.

Incorporated is produced by Damon and Affleck’s Pearl Street Productions, CBS Television Studios, and Universal Cable Productions.

AXN Italy grabs Power

AXN in Italy has acquired exclusive rights to US drama Power.



The series, due to air launch on May 25, is set in a New York City divided between the luxury world of Manhattan nightclubs and the drug-dealing underworld.

It tells the story of James “Ghost” St Patrick (Omari Hardwick), a man who lives a double life: a nightclub owner and the head of a lucrative drug cartel.

The cast also includes Joseph Sikora, Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton, and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

Power is executive produced by Jackson, showrunner Courtney Kemp Agboh, David Knoller, Mark Canton, and Randall Emmett.

Power, which airs on Starz in the US, is distributed by Starz Worldwide Distribution. It is produced by Starz in association with CBS Television Studios.

Sony Pictures Television-owned AXN has also picked up the second season of Power, which will air in Italy in September, and the third season of another Starz series, Black Sails.

Battle Creek goes worldwide

Battle Creek, the new drama from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, has been sold into more than 100 countries around the world.

Battle Creek

Battle Creek

Buyers include TF1 in France, RTL in Germany, RTE in Ireland, 365 Media in Iceland, NOS in Portugal, ORF in Austria, ICTV in Ukraine, Canal+ in Spain, D-Smart in Turkey and Turkish-speaking Cyprus, and Rostelecom and SPT Networks in Russia.

It will air on MTG’s free channels and subscription VoD platform Viaplay in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, and on Shaw Media in Canada, and Globo TV in Brazil.

HOT in Israel, M-Net in sub-Saharan Africa, Seven Network in Australia, and TVNZ’s TV One in New Zealand, Chinese online platform iQiyi, and Fox International Channels in southeast Asia have also acquired rights to the show.

Battle Creek, created by Gilligan and David Shore, tells the story of a small town detective whose authority is challenged by the arrival of a big-city FBI agent.

It stars Dean Winters and Josh Duhamel.

The show is produced by Shore Z Productions, High Bridge Productions, Gran Via Productions, and Bad Hat Harry Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television, and CBS Television Studios.

Shore, Gilligan, Bryan Singer, and Mark Johnson executive produce.

Sony Pictures Television distributes the 13×60′ series, which airs on CBS in the US.

The CW hunts more Beauty and the Beast

US drama Beauty and the Beast has been given a fourth season – before its third season has aired.

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

The CW has lined up the show’s 13-part third season for a May 21 launch, with season four now confirmed for the 2015/16 season.

It stars Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan.

The show is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Take 5 Productions and Whizbang Films.

Brad Kern, Bill Haber, Paul J Witt, Tony Thomas, Ron Koslow, Frank Siracusa, and John Weber executive produce.

CBS opens James Patterson’s Zoo

Production has started on CBS’s forthcoming drama Zoo.



Based on James Patterson’s novel, the story follows a wave of violent animal attacks against humans sweeping the planet.

As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, a young, renegade American zoologist is thrust into the race to unlock the mystery of the pandemic before there’s no place left for people to hide.

The cast includes James Wolk, Kristen Connolly, Billy Burke, Nora Arnezeder, and Nonso Anozie.

Produced by CBS Television Studios, the executive producers are Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout, and Steve Bowen.

The series will launch on CBS this summer.

CBS Studios International holds global distribution rights.

Morgan joins Extant

Magic City star Jeffrey Dean Morgan has signed on to the cast of CBS’s summer series Extant.

The mystery drama stars Halle Berry as an astronaut who discovers she has unwittingly put the human race on a path to destruction, and that she and a mysterious stranger may be the only hope for survival.

Morgan will play a womanising bounty hunter who thought he had seen everything until Molly Woods (Berry) enters his life.



The series comes from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and CBS Television Studios.

Season two will debut this summer.

CBS backs new fall dramas

CBS has given a vote of confidence to its new fall dramas by giving all four full-season orders.

NCIS: New Orleans is averaging 18.16 million viewers so far, second only to parent series NCIS among broadcast network dramas.

It stars Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan, CCH Pounder and Rob Kerkovich. Gary Glasberg, Mark Harmon, Jeffrey Lieber and James Hayman executive produce for CBS Television Studios.

NCIS: New Orleans

NCIS: New Orleans

Scorpion is doing similarly well on Monday nights, averaging 15.17 million viewers.

Elyes Gabel stars alongside Robert Patrick, Katharine McPhee, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jadyn Wong and Ari Stidham. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Nick Santora, Nicholas Wootton, Justin Lin, Heather Kadin, Scooter Braun and Walter O’Brien executive producefor CBS Television Studios.



Madam Secretary has secured an average of 13.53 million viewers so far in its Sunday night slot leading into The Good Wife.

It stars Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth, Željko Ivanek, Patina Miller, Erich Bergen, Geoffrey Arend, Kathrine Kerzer, Evan Roe and Wallis-Currie Wood. The show is a CBS Television Studios production in association with Revelations Entertainment. Barbara Hall executive produces with Lori McCreary, Morgan Freeman, and David Semel.

Madam Secretary

Madam Secretary

Meanwhile, Wednesday night entry Stalker is averaging 9.49 million viewers.

Maggie Q leads the cast, which also includes Dylan McDermott, Victor Rasuk, Mariana Klaveno and Elisabeth Röhm. Kevin Williamson is the executive producer for Warner Bros. Television.