Pilot news continues to roll in. The previously announced gender-swapped “Greatest American Hero” reboot has found its star: “New Girl’s” Hannah Simone. And CBS drama pilot “Chiefs” has tapped Alana De La Garza (“Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”) to lead and Zetna Fuentes (“How To Get Away with Murder”) to direct. Fuentes is the third first-time broadcast pilot director to be hired for the 2018–2019 season, after Kat Coiro (“Daddy Issues”) and Lake Bell (“Bless This Mess”).
The new “Greatest American Hero” will see Simone play the hard-partying Meera, whose aimlessness is a disappointment to her traditional Indian-American family. Suddenly, Meera finds direction and purpose in her life when she’s bestowed a super suit and is tasked with protecting the planet. “Fresh Off the Boat” collaborators Rachna Fruchbom and Nahnatchka Khan are executive producing. The former will pen the pilot.
Per Deadline, Simone is “believed to
Written by former Parenthood EP David Hudgins, the potential series explores the professional and personal lives of three driven, successful women (one portrayed by De La Garza) who are each Chiefs of Police at different precincts in Los Angeles. The trio join forces to catch a dangerous serial killer.
According to TVLine’s sister site Deadline, which broke the casting, De La Garza’s character is the Beverly Hills Chief of Police who knows her job is all about politics and image,
CBS has cancelled the spinoff, starring Gary Sinise, Alana De La Garza and Tyler James Williams.
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The drama, about a division of the FBI that helps American citizens who find themselves in trouble abroad, never achieved close to the ratings success of mothership series Criminal Minds, which was renewed for Season 13 in April. This season, Beyond Borders averaged 5 million weekly viewers and a 0.8 rating, down 28 and 33 percent from its freshman run.
Beyond Borders‘ final two episodes air Wednesday,
The series, a spinoff of the hit CBS show “Criminal Minds,” was a drama about the specialized International Division of the FBI tasked with solving crimes and coming to the rescue of Americans who find themselves in danger while abroad.
It starred Gary Sinise, Alana De La Garza, Daniel Henney, Tyler James Williams, and Annie Funke. Erica Messer created the series and executive produced along with Mark Gordon, Nick Pepper, and Adam Glass. ABC Studios produced in association with CBS Television Studios and The Mark Gordon Company.
The series never achieved the same ratings success of its parent program. Season 2 is currently averaging a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 5 million viewers per episode, down significantly in both measures from Season 1. For comparison, Season 12 of “Criminal Minds” averaged a 1.4 rating and 7.5 million viewers.
CBS previously renewed 18 of their series. The
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