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‘Rush Hour’ Producer Arthur Sarkissian On Brett Ratner: “I’m In A State Of Shock”

‘Rush Hour’ Producer Arthur Sarkissian On Brett Ratner: “I’m In A State Of Shock”
Exclusive: Arthur Sarkissian, the producer of the Rush Hour franchise who launched Brett Ratner’s directing career and worked with him on three of those films, told Deadline today that he is “really horrified” and “just can’t believe it” in regards to sexual harassment allegations against Ratner. The producer and Ratner have been huddling for months on the next installment of Rush Hour 4 which Ratner would direct. While Sarkissian said he didn’t want to give up on Ratner…
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Gong Li to Star in Martin Campbell’s Action-Thriller ‘Ana’ (Exclusive)

Gong Li to Star in Martin Campbell’s Action-Thriller ‘Ana’ (Exclusive)
Chinese actress Gong Li will star in the Europe-set action-thriller “Ana,” with Martin Campbell on board to direct.

Rush Hour” producer Arthur Sarkissian and China’s Bruno Wu are producing the movie, which Wu is also financing. Sarkissian told Variety that they plan to start production in March or April.

The script is written by Richard Wenk, whose credits include “The Equalizer,” “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” and “The Expendables 2.” Sarkissian said “Ana” will be similar in tone to Luc Besson’s 1990 actioner “La Femme Nikita.”

“Ana” re-teams Campbell and Sarkissian following the Jackie Chan actioner “The Foreigner,” which opens Friday in North America with expectations of a $10 million debut weekend. “The Foreigner” is projected to earn $88 million in international markets by the end of the upcoming weekend.

Gong’s credits date back to Zhang Yimou’s directorial debut, “Red Sorghum,” which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1988. Since then, she’s appeared
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Jackie Chan Vs. Pierce Brosnan in The Foreigner Trailer

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Jackie Chan Vs. Pierce Brosnan in The Foreigner Trailer
Stx Entertainment has released a new trailer and photos from The Foreigner, the latest film from the ageless big screen icon Jackie Chan. This action-packed thrill ride is very much in the same vein as the action classic Taken, with Jackie Chan playing a father with a very "special set of skills" that he uses to go after a group of terrorists. This timely action thriller also stars Pierce Brosnan and comes from the director of Casino Royale.

The Foreigner tells the story of humble London businessman Quan (Chan), whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love -- his teenage daughter -- is taken from him in a senseless act of politically-motivated terrorism. In his relentless search for the identity of the terrorists, Quan is forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Pierce Brosnan), whose own past may
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Orb Media Group, ScreenCraft Media launch writing fellowship

Exclusive: The Us-Chinese production company and the screenwriter development platform have launched the Orb Media China-Hollywood Screenwriting Fellowship.

The award will finance and develop up to four projects for production and distribution within the Us and China each year.

Winners will each be offered a WGA-scale option fee of up to $13,374 against a purchase price of up to $133,739, depending on the final budget of each film. Each of the top 30 finallists will also be considered for first-look deals with Orb.

Orb is backed by private equity firm Falcon Investments and other financing partners including China Film Group and Zhong Ruan Investments.

The big brass ring for sure is to make films that will be embraced by the world’s two largest markets with autonomy in both,” said Orb founder Peter Shiao. “Yet, for the amount of attention co-productions have gotten, so very little has been achieved.

“The reality is that it is a very hard thing to do. It
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Damian Lewis in Talks to Play Villain Opposite Sandra Bullock in ‘Ocean’s Eight’ (Exclusive)

Damian Lewis in Talks to Play Villain Opposite Sandra Bullock in ‘Ocean’s Eight’ (Exclusive)
Damian Lewis is in final negotiations to join the cast of “Ocean's Eight,” the all-female spinoff of “Ocean’s Eleven” starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and Anne Hathaway.

Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, and Sarah Paulson are also on board with Gary Ross directing.

The film is set to bow on June 8, 2018.

Bullock’s character is the leader of a group of thieves and cons who try to pull off a major heist. Lewis will play Bullock’s ex-lover and the target of the gang’s robbery.

Lewis had been spotted on set in recent weeks and sources now confirm he has more then a simple cameo in the movie.

Ross is directing from a script that he co-wrote with Olivia Milch.

“Ocean’s Eleven” director Steven Soderbergh and Ross will produce with executive producer Susan Ekins. Village Roadshow is co-producing and co-financing, as it did with
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China Media Mogul Bruno Wu Puts Action Flick ‘The Last Mission’ in Development (Exclusive)

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Bruno Wu, the founder and CEO of Sun Seven Stars Media Group, one of China’s largest privately-held entertainment companies, has teamed up with the writer of “The Magnificent Seven” to develop English-language action thriller “The Last Mission,” TheWrap has learned exclusively. The film will be the first in a slate of English-language films produced by Peak Time Entertainment, a joint venture between Wu subsidiary Seven Stars Entertainment and veteran Hollywood producer Arthur Sarkissian, who created the “Rush Hour” franchise. “Last Mission” follows four retired special forces officers who reunite for one final mission in Southeast Asia. It’s set to start filming.
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Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais To Pen ‘Hatton Garden Story’ – The Arthur Sarkissian/Bruno Wu Version

Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais To Pen ‘Hatton Garden Story’ – The Arthur Sarkissian/Bruno Wu Version
Exclusive: There are currently three competing Hatton Garden projects about the elderly London thieves who pulled off what’s billed as the biggest burglary in English legal history. One of them hails from producer Arthur Sarkissian and Chinese producing partner Bruno Wu. That version has now set Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to pen the script for a UK fall shoot under the provisional title The Hatton Garden Story. The partners, who are producing under their Peak Time…
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Bruno Wu, Arthur Sarkissian’s Peak Time Sets Sail With ‘Titanic Code’

Bruno Wu, Arthur Sarkissian’s Peak Time Sets Sail With ‘Titanic Code’
Peak Time Entertainment, the venture between ‘Rush Hour” producer Arthur Sarkissian and China’s Bruno Wu, is to chart a new course with “Titanic Code.”

The previously announced project, which focuses on a conspiracy plot behind the ship’s sinking, comes 20 years after the global success of James Cameron’s “Titanic.” Production is expected to start in early 2017.

Scripted by David Marconi (“The Foreigner”), the film is expected to sail into cinemas by Christmas 2017 or early 2018. No director or cast have yet been attached.

The production will be structured as a China-u.S. co-venture involving Peak Time and Seven Stars Entertainment, a subsidiary of Wu’s Sun Seven Stars Media Group.

Peak Time reports enduring global interest in the sinking of the iconic passenger ship in 1912 while on its maiden commercial voyage. “As a heartfelt cinematic icon, the word ‘Titanic’ remains one of the most searched words on Google worldwide,
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Film Review: ‘Sour Grapes’

Film Review: ‘Sour Grapes’
Sour Grapes” investigates an embarrassing scandal that rocked the world of highest-end wine collectors — and left as many as 40,000 “fake” bottles still circulating in their milieu — approaching the stunningly expansive scam as a real-life comic mystery fit for Hercule Poirot, complete with a cast of privileged dupes for whom the average viewer isn’t likely to feel much sympathy. Those already interested in the mechanizations of the wine biz will be fascinated by this doc feature by Jerry Rothwell (“Deep Water,” “How to Change the World”) and Reuben Atlas (“Brothers Hypnotic”), though such rarefied tastes are hardly a prerequisite to appreciate this highly entertaining stranger-than-fiction saga. A Canadian theatrical run launches May 27, and other territories should eventually follow suit.

“Bright Lights, Big City” novelist turned wine columnist Jay McInerney says that the auction scene for sought-after vintages began in earnest with the late 1990s advent of the dot-com boom, when
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Bruno Wu, Arthur Sarkissian Launch Peak Time Production Venture

Bruno Wu, Arthur Sarkissian Launch Peak Time Production Venture
Chinese entrepreneur Bruno Wu has teamed with veteran Hollywood producer Arthur Sarkissian to launch a new venture, Peak Time Entertainment. The pair plan to leverage their financial and creative skills on an initial slate of five projects.

Among the planned projects is “Titanic Code,” a new take focusing on the conspiracy theory about the sinking of the Titanic,. It is based on a script by David Marconi, who wrote “Enemy of the State” and the screenplay for Martin Campbell’s upcoming “The Foreigner,” starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan.

Also in the pipeline is an untitled action comedy scripted by Bruce Evans and Ray Gideon (“Stand By Me,” “Only The Lonely: The Roy Orbison Story”.)

In addition, the duo plans to collaborate in late Fall on “Knights In Paradise,” a character-driven, romantic action-comedy to be filmed in the U.S., China and the Dominican Republic.

“This is a great
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‘The Hatton Garden Heist’: UK Diamond Geezers Plan Big-Screen Getaway

‘The Hatton Garden Heist’: UK Diamond Geezers Plan Big-Screen Getaway
Exclusive: It’s a true story written for the big screen and producer Arthur Sarkissian is bringing it: Four older men — aged 76, 74, 67 and 58 — were the ringleaders in what has been dubbed the biggest burglary in English legal history. It happened during Easter weekend of last year, and they made off with a haul of $21M in gold and jewelry. But they weren’t just some old guys, but actually were career criminals who, it turned out, were responsible for some of the biggest…
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'Rush Hour' TV Show Trailer Reboots Jackie Chan Classic

'Rush Hour' TV Show Trailer Reboots Jackie Chan Classic
With several TV shows starting to come back, several other midseason shows are about to debut in the coming weeks and months ahead. One of CBS' new shows will be quite familiar to many viewers. Rush Hour is based on the hit movie franchise which starred Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Today, CBS has released the first trailer for the show, which will debut Thursday, March 31 at 10 Pm Et. The action-packed comedy series will anchor the network's Thursday night sitcom lineup, which includes The Big Bang Theory, Life in Pieces, Mom and Angel from Hell.

Rush Hour, a reimagining of the hit feature film franchise, 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. Detective Lee (Jon Foo) is a reserved, honorable master martial artist with lightning-fast moves who comes to L.A.
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‘Rush Hour’ Series Sets Premiere Date, CBS Shifts ‘Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders’

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‘Rush Hour’ Series Sets Premiere Date, CBS Shifts ‘Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders’
CBS has set the premiere date for the “Rush Hour” TV series and moved the premiere date of “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” the network announced Friday. “Rush Hour,” based on the buddy cop films starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, will premiere on March 31 at 10 p.m. Et. The series stars Justin Hires and Jon Foo as Det. Carter and Det. Lee, respectively. Brett Ratner, who directed all three “Rush Hour” movies, is executive producing along with Bill Lawrence, Blake McCormick, Jeff Ingold, Jon Turteltaub, Arthur Sarkissian, Toby Emmerich and Steve Franks. Also Read: 'Angel From Hell'
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A Conversation With Director Rosemary Rodriguez About Her New Film 'Silver Skies'

I had the pleasure of speaking with writer and director Rosemary Rodriguez in midtown Manhattan two days before her film "Silver Skies" will have its United States premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival on Saturday October 3.

Rosemary Rodriguez wrote and directed the feature, "Acts of Worship, "which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards, including the John Cassavetes Award for Best Feature. Her episodic TV work includes "Empire," "The Good Wife," (where she is a regular director), "Manhattan," "Rake," "Elementary" and "Vegas." She is currently directing the new Marvel series on Netflix, "Jessica Jones."

"Silver Skies," Rosemary’s second feature, chronicles a group of seniors whose lives turn upside down when their Los Angeles apartment complex threatens to be sold out from under them.

We began our conversation talking about the evolution of "Silver Skies."

Rodriguez : It took about ten years. I ended up going to the MacDowell Colony with an outline for "Silver Skies" and wrote the script while I was there. Then, when I directed a "Law and Order" episode, I hit it off with (star) Dennis Farina and he loved the script. He helped to get the movie made. Fast forward almost two years later I called Dennis and told him we got the money. We picked the start date, and then he passed away two weeks later. I was devastated when he passed away. But then things fell in place. Fred Roos and Arthur Sarkissian came to the reading of the script, and they said, ‘let’s do this movie.’ The movie is dedicated to Dennis. He was my guardian angel.

Kouguell: In "Silver Skies," the theme of ageism is tackled straight on. The characters in this ensemble piece are threatened with the possible loss of their homes and livelihood. You describe "Silver Skies" as very personal and inspired by your parents’ aging. The characters of Nick and Phil are inspired by your father, who was a bookie in Boston, and the character, Eve, by your mother.

Rodriguez : Valerie Perrine’s character always has flowers; that was my mother. I watched my parents get old when I was still young. I saw how their relationships changed. You think logic would say life would get easier when you get older, but the emotional truth is that life still happens on its own terms. I think seniors don’t have a voice in this world. These are people who want to have sex. They want to work. They want to spend money. Make money. Have money.

Kouguell: You don’t shy away from thought-provoking issues, facing this generation, including the sexual assault of one female character and another main character’s choice she made of personal survival that causes the death of her spouse.

Rodriguez : My role model for directors is Robert Altman. His movies were a slice of life. The ironic thing about being a human being on this planet is that you have no idea what is going to happen next. The movie is real life. You’re going on a roller coaster ride; there are parts you’re laughing because life is like that, and then the rug gets pulled right out from under you.

The issues women go through, and with this female character with her husband abusing her, and feeling guilty over surviving, doing whatever she had to survive, whatever way she needed to behave was maybe ‘not as a good girl’ would, and coming to terms with that. Sexual abuse to elders is real. Elder abuse is real. I wanted to bring that issue in, as well as bring in that feminist message in there.

Kouguell: In "Silver Skies," the trepidation and excitement of newfound love is complicated by raw emotion as seen in one character’s personal and financial insecurities with a recent widow.

Rodriguez : Love doesn’t stop people at a certain age, it doesn’t stop their desires. It doesn’t matter what age we are. To work with these wonderful actors and Alex Rocco in particular -- he was just like a teenage boy when doing his scenes with Valerie Perrine, saying: “I’m used to playing killers, I’m not used to playing lovers.”

(Alex Rocco passed away July 18 of this year.)

Rodriguez : The recent memorial for Alex was on the racetrack: “Friends of Rocco” – it was the seventh race, it was dedicated to him. I loved him dearly. I miss him dearly. It was intended as a celebration of this wonderful man. His character reminds me of my dad. As I told my dad when it became clear he had to retire, I told him, “You always wanted to go out a winner.”

Kouguell: The film stars Barbara Bain, George Hamilton, Jack McGee, Valerie Perrine, Mariette Hartley, Howard Hesseman, Jack Betts, and Alex Rocco. Did they have any input into the script?

Rodriguez : They definitely did. They stuck to the script a lot. I’m a big collaborator; I want to hear what people have to say. In the film George Hamilton’s character is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Jack McGee’s brother, George Hamilton’s mother, and my dad, all had Alzehimer’s and we shared our respective experiences to further develop George’s character. In a way it was a tribute for George to his mother, for Jack to his brother, and mine to my father.

Kouguell: You’ve earned great success as a director on "The Good Wife." How has directing television influenced your work as a director on "Silver Skies"?

Rodriguez : I can work efficiently and quickly, and in television that’s some of the skill set that gets developed. My instincts are very sharp. The idea out there is that we’re less creative working in television, but the real truth is we’re under such pressure that we can make decisions quickly, and also go with your heart and instincts. It’s very quick and very satisfying, and of course millions of people see your work in a shorter window of time and that is opposite of a movie.

Kouguell: Currently, you are the 4th Vice President of the Directors Guild of America. Although there is more media attention on the low percentage of women directors getting work in the industry, the numbers are still not rising fast enough.

Rodriguez : The DGA works very hard and we all work hard to address the issue of diversity. It’s been a problem for many years. My involvement in the DGA is reflective of how much the DGA cares about women directors and minority directors, and wants to get us out there. It’s a benefit to the Guild. There’s a lot of content there now and opportunity for diversity. I want to be meeting with you in a few years when this isn’t an issue any more; where there are not “female directors” – that there are just great storytellers and that we don’t have to separate each other.

Kouguell: Some final words about "Silver Skies"?

Rodriguez: The way these actors enriched my life was unexpected and so profound. These are people with 50 and 60-year careers in a tough industry. These actors showed up and put their hearts in these characters. They’re artists. They were there for the love for what they do. They just loved the characters. They had beautiful chemistry together. We are part of each other’s lives. I never could give back to them what they gave to me.

"Silver Skies" premieres at the Woodstock Film Festival on Saturday, October 3.

Award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, Susan Kouguell teaches screenwriting at Purchase College Suny, and presents international seminars on screenwriting and film. Author of Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays! and The Savvy Screenwriter, she is chairperson of Su-City Pictures East, LLC, a consulting company founded in 1990 where she works with writers, filmmakers, and executives worldwide.,
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Chris Tucker Talks About Recent Visit To China To See Rush Hour Co-Star Jackie Chan

I’m a huge Chris Tucker fan. Always have been.

From his scene-stealing performance in The Fifth Element, to Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Comedy Jam and 1995’s Friday opposite Ice Cube, starring in Money Talks with Charlie Sheen, through to his role in Silver Linings Playbook, Tucker is forever a pleasure to watch and is still one of the funniest comedians.

I was thrilled to read that the actor would be headlining his first full length stand-up comedy special titled “Chris Tucker Live” which had its premiere on Friday, July 10 on Netflix. It is one of the funniest stand-up shows to come along in years.

In the hilarious show, Chris Tucker returns to the stage he loves and showcases his mind-blowing comedic chops. From his pitch perfect impersonations of Michael Jackson and Bill Clinton, his take on first dates and marriage, visiting Oprah Winfrey’s house, to his singular on-stage physicality,
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First images from CBS’ Rush Hour TV reboot

Back in October 2014 it was revealed that Bill Lawrence (Cougar Town, Scrubs) was developing a TV reboot of the popular Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker buddy-cop comedy Rush Hour. It was then announced in January that CBS had picked up pilot and now we’ve finally got our first look at the new double act in action.

Jon Foo (Tekken) will replace Jackie Chan as Detective Lee and Justin Hires (21 jump Street) will take over from Chris Tucker as loudmouth Detective James Carter.

Check out the images and official synopsis below:

Rush Hour, a reimagining of the hit feature film franchise, 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.

Detective Lee (Jon Foo) is a reserved, honorable master martial artist with lightning-fast moves who comes to L.A. to avenge his sister’s
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CBS Announces 2015-2016 Fall TV Schedule

CBS Announces 2015-2016 Fall TV Schedule
CBS today unveiled its 2015-2016 primetime lineup, featuring seven new shows and 22 returning series. CBS will build on a schedule that will finish the current season as America's most-watched network in viewers for the 12th time in 13 years, including the last seven years straight. The new fall dramas are: the heart-pounding medical series Code Black, set in the busiest, most notorious ER in the nation; the fast-paced Limitless, based on the feature film with Bradley Cooper, starring Jake McDorman as an average guy who can suddenly access 100% of his brain capacity with a mysterious pill; and Supergirl, starring Melissa Benoist in the title role based on the DC Comics superhero.

The new fall comedies are: Angel from Hell, about a loud, colorful, often inappropriate woman who claims to be a guardian angel, starring Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch and Maggie Lawson; and Life in Pieces, an irreverent
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'Rush Hour', 'Limitless' and More Get Series Orders on CBS

'Rush Hour', 'Limitless' and More Get Series Orders on CBS
Ahead of its official upfront presentation next week, CBS has ordered four new dramas: Limitless, Rush Hour, Code Black and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders as well as two comedies, Life In Pieces and Angel From Hell. It isn't known quite yet if all these shows will debut in the fall, or if some will saved for midseason. Take a look at the official descriptions and cast lists below.


Code Black

Ep/ Writer: Michael Seitzman

Ep: Marti Noxon

Ep: Linda Goldstein-Knowlton

Ep: Ryan McGarry

Ep/Director: David Semel

Studio: ABC Studios

Logline: Medical drama set in the busiest and most notorious ER in the nation where the extraordinary staff struggle in the face of a broken system to protect their ideals and the patients who need them the most.


Marcia Gay Harden

Bonnie Somerville

Raza Jaffrey

Luis Guzman

Melanie Kannokada

Harry M. Ford

Ben Hollingsworth

William Allen Young
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CBS picks up ‘Limitless,’ ‘Rush Hour,’ ‘Criminal Minds’ Spin-Off, and more

Fresh off its Supergirl pickup on Wednesday and ahead of its upfronts presentation next week, CBS announced orders for six new series, some of which have familiar titles.

On the drama front, CBS greenlit TV adaptations of the films Limitless and Rush Hour and picked up the Criminal Minds spinoff Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. The network also finally added a medical drama to its roster in the form of Code Black.

Based on the 2011 feature film starring Bradley Cooper, Limitless follows Brian Finch as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug Nzt and uses his drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI. It stars Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Cooper is executive producing along with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Heather Kadin, Todd Phillips, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Tom Forman, Craig Sweeny, and Marc Webb.

Rush Hour is inspired by the 1990s Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker franchise.
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Fall TV: Criminal Minds Spinoff (Minus Anna Gunn), Rush Hour and Limitless Among CBS' New Drama Orders

Fall TV: Criminal Minds Spinoff (Minus Anna Gunn), Rush Hour and Limitless Among CBS' New Drama Orders
CBS’ latest drama series orders for the 2015-16 TV season include a spinoff, two movie adaptations and a documentary-turned-tv drama.

RelatedSupergirl Lands Series Order at CBS

Having already declared Supergirl ready for takeoff, the Eye network on Thursday ordered to series the dramas Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Rush Hour, Limitless and Code Black.

Related Fall TV: Jane Lynch’s Angel From Hell Among Comedies Ordered at CBS

Descriptions with casting are as follows:

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

Writer: Erica Messer

Other EPs: Mark Gordon, Nick Pepper

Cast: Gary Sinise, Daniel Henney and Tyler James Williams; Anna Gunn appeared
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