THE RUNWAY – YOUR 2017 PILOT SURVIVAL GUIDE: CBS DRAMAS

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Wisdom of the Crowd

Logline: Inspired by the notion that a million minds are better than one, it centers on a tech innovator who creates a cutting-edge, crowd-sourcing hub to solve his own daughter’s murder, as well as revolutionizing crime solving in San Francisco. Based on the Israeli format.
Cast: Jeremy Piven, Monica Potter, Richard T. Jones, Blake Lee
Creators: Ted Humphrey (W / EP), Avi Nir (EP), Alon Shtruzman (EP), Peter Traugott (EP), Rachel Kaplan (EP), Dror Mishani (EP), Shira Hadad (EP), Adam Davidson (D / EP)
Studios: CBS TV Studios, Universal Television, Keshet Studios

Strongly suspecting that the wrong man has been put behind bars for his daughter’s murder, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jeffrey Tanner decides to launch a new online platform (CrowdSolver) to crowdsource evidence from the public at large to assist the police in its investigation.

This has to be a practical joke. Inviting the public to join criminal investigations is a great idea if cops want to spend the rest of their days sifting through lolcats. But this minor issue aside, Wisdom of the Crowd is what you get when you try to marry A.P.B. (a subpar show) with Pure Genius (another subpar show).

Even if we’re to give the concept a chance, character work and dialogue don’t exactly elevate the material. While Tanner’s quest to find his daughter’s murderer is sympathetic, it also makes him a thinly disguised clone of Gideon Reeves on A.P.B.

I can’t quite see how Wisdom of the Crowd can land a series order in its current form. 

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