CBS Orders Chuck Lorre and Robin Williams Comedies, Dramas Starring Josh Holloway, Toni Collette
CBS has given series orders to dramas Intelligence and Hostages as well as comedies Mom, We Are Men, The Millers and Crazy Ones, TVGuide.com has learned.
Intelligence follows a unit at U.S. Cyber Command that has been created around one agent (Lost's Josh Holloway) with a very special gift — a microchip has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Michael Seitzman will write and executive-produce with American Horror Story's David Semel, who will direct. Michael Rady, Meghan Ory, Marg Helgenberger and James Martinez will also star. Will Yun Lee, P.J. Byrne and John Billingsley will guest-star.
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In Hostages, Toni Collette plays a surgeon who is recruited to operate on the President (James Naughton), an assignment that propels her family — Tate Donovan, Mateus Ward and Quinn Shephard — into a grand political conspiracy. Dylan McDermott is an FBI agent tasked with helping the family. Based on an Israeli series, the pilot is written and executive-produced by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (The Day After Tomorrow). Jerry Bruckheimer will also executive-produce. Sandrine Holt, Rhys Coiro and Billy Brown will also star.
On the comedy side, the network is staying in business with Chuck Lorre with Mom. The comedy stars Anna Faris as a newly sober single mom who tries to pull her life together in Napa Valley. West Wing's Allison Janney will play her mother, the source of all her problems. Two and a Half Men's Lorre will write and executive-produce with Eddie Gorodetsky. Nate Corddry, Matt Jones, Spencer Daniels, French Stewart, Sadie Calvano and Blake Garrett Rosenthal will also star in this comedy that was featured in TVGuide.com's most promising pilots list.
Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar star in Crazy Ones, a single-camera, half-hour workplace comedy about a father-and-daughter team in the world of advertising. Ally McBeal's David E. Kelley will write the pilot and executive-produce with Arrested Development's Dean Lorey and McBeal's Bill D'Elia. James Wolk, Amanda Setton and Hamish Linklater will also star.
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The Millers (formerly known as the Unauthorized Greg Garcia project) stars Will Arnett as a recently divorced guy whose life gets more complicated when his mom (Margo Martindale) and dad (Beau Bridges) have marital problems of their own. Written and executive-produced by Raising Hope's Greg Garcia. JB Smoove, Michael Rapaport, Eve Moon, Cole Ewing and Mary Elizabeth Ellis will also star.
In We Are Men (formerly known as Ex-Men), a young guy (Chris Smith) finds camaraderie living among the more experienced guys — Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub and Jerry O'Connell among them — he meets in a short-term rental complex. How I Met Your Mother's Rob Greenberg will write and executive-produce with Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men). Rebecca Breeds will also star.
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