CBS Orders Series for ‘Limitless’ and ‘Rush Hour’ Adaptations, Criminal Minds Spinoff


CBS is ordering pilots for four new dramas and two comedies, TV Insider has learned. With Supergirl picked up earlier this week, that’s seven new series set for the 2015-16 season.


Code Black, the medical drama based on Ryan McGarry’s documentary about a notorious inner-city emergency room, features Marcia Gay Harden, Raza Jaffrey, Luis Guzman, Melanie Kannokada and Bonnie Somerville as hospital staff battling a broken system. The series is helmed by executive producers Michael Seitzman and Marti Noxon.

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, a spinoff set up in the February 8 episode of its parent series and executive produced by Mark Gordon, Erica Messer and Nick Pepper, builds around FBI efforts to aid American citizens who get into trouble abroad. Gary Sinise, Daniel Henney, and Tyler James will star.

Limitless stems from the 2011 Bradley Cooper movie about a mysterious and powerful drug that gives users enhanced abilities. The series stars Jake McDorman (Shameless, Manhattan Love Story) in the Cooper role of Brian Finch, who is forced to help the FBI solve cases with his drug-induced mind. The cast also includes Dexter‘s Jennifer Carpenter, CSI:NY and Covert Affairs alum Hill Harper, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio of Grimm (as well as movies Scarface and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves).

Building off the Jackie Chan-Chris Tucker movie franchise, Rush Hour has Jon Foo playing a straight-laced Hong Kong cop who finds himself partnered with Justin Hires’ cocky, lone wolf LAPD officer. The series is executive produced by Bill Lawrence (creator of Scrubs and Cougar Town) and Blake McCormick (Cougar Town‘s EP).


Angel From Hell, from Tad Quill and Don Scardino, stars Jane Lynch and Maggie Lawson as a woman who makes in unlikely friend in her supposed guardian angel.

Life in Pieces, a single-cam family comedy featuring Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, and Colin Hanks, tells separate stories through each member of the clan.

Previously Announced

Earlier this week, the network confirmed Supergirl, starring Melissa Benoist as the titular heroine, had been ordered.