Law and order is the name of the game as CBS has picked up four new drama pilots, all of which revolve around law enforcement or the justice system in some capacity.
RED LINE, from writers and co-executive producers Caitlin Parrish and Erica Weiss and executive produced by Ava DuVernay, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, is set in the aftermath of a white cop in Chicago mistakenly shooting and killing a black doctor, and follows three different families that all have connections with the case as the story is told from each perspective.
The network has also ordered a pilot for a potential TV series adaptation of LA CONFIDENTIAL. Written and executive produced by Jordan Harper, James Ellroy’s classic novel gets a thoroughly 2018 treatment in terms of tone, music and style. The paths of three homicide detectives, a female reporter and an up-and-coming actress intersect while the detectives pursue a sadistic serial killer among the secrets and lies of glamorous 1950’s Los Angeles.
Arnon Milchan also serves as an EP.
Former attorney general Eric Holder is also getting into the TV business, serving as an EP on MAIN JUSTICE, centered around – who else? – the U.S. Attorney General, taking us into the tumultuous world of the 5th floor of the Department of Justice where he takes on the biggest legal and investigative cases in the country all while being the youngest person to ever hold such an esteemed position.
Sascha Penn is writing and serving as an EP along with Holder, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed.
Finally, the network has picked up THE CODE, from EP/showrunner Craig Sweeny, who co-wrote with Craig Turk, about Marines who are also trained as lawyers. Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman also serve as EPs.
Linda Ge | TV Editor