TV News: CBS and CW Update – CBS Picks Up Person of Interest and Broke Girls; Sarah Michelle Gellar’s pilot Ringer Picked Up by The CW

CBS also has started it upfront season. The network has picked up Person of Interest, a thriller exec-produced by J.J. Abrams (Lost/Fringe) and penned by Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight), and Broke Girls, a multi-camera sitcom from Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City) and comedienne Whitney Cummings (source). Meanwhile CBS pilot Ringer starring Sarah Michelle Gellar is being picked up to series by The CW.

Person of Interest is a crime drama centered on an ex-CIA agent played by James Caviezel (The Prisoner). Presumed dead, he teams up with a mysterious billionaire (Lost‘s Michael Emerson) to prevent violent crimes in New York City. Taraji P. Henson (Boston Legal) and Kevin Chapman (Mystic River) also star.

Co-written by King and Cummings, Broke Girls stars Kat Dennings (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) and newcomer Beth Behrs as — yep — two broke 22-year-old gals struggling to make their dreams come true in New York City (or at least Brooklyn). Matthew Moy (Scrubs), Garrett Morris (Saturday Night Live) and Jonathan Kite also star.

Sarah Michelle Gellar is returning to primetime as her CBS pilot Ringer is being picked up to series. But in a surprising twist, the series is going NOT to CBS but to its sibling CW, which is co-owned by CBS.  It brings back Gellar to the network that replaced the WB and UPN, the two weblets that aired Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Also, ABC Studios, which co-produced the pilot for Ringer with CBS Studios, is pulling out, citing that it cannot produce a series for the economics of the CW. (source)

Ringer stars SMG as Bridget, a young woman on the run from the mob who thinks she’ll find safe harbor by posing as her wealthy twin, Siobhan, but her sister has a bounty on her life as well. Th cast ncludes Kristoffer Polaha (Life Unexpected) as Henry, the out-of-work husband of Siobhan’s BFF who happens to be having an affair with Siobhan; Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four) as Siobhan’s husband; and Nestor Carbonell (Lost) as the FBI agent in charge of keeping Bridget safe so she can testify against the mob. (source)

Don’t forget for next week when more information about CBS and The CW’s new shows and schedule will be released.

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