Because apparently the networks can’t get through this Friday the 13th without making a whole bunch of 2011-2012 season announcements, CBS has joined in the fun by ordering two new pilots for future series.
CBS’ first pickups for the fall season are a drama, Person of Interest, and a comedy, Two Broke Girls. Another pilot in contention at CBS, Ringer, has been picked up by The CW instead.
Person of Interest stars Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson as a supposedly-dead CIA agent and the rich guy who hires him to fight crime, respectively. The show will be produced by J.J. Abrams, also the producer of Alcatraz, just picked up by FOX. It would seem that the networks have forgiven Abrams for that whole Undercovers thing last fall.
Two Broke Girls comes from Whitney Cummings (whose Whitney was picked up on NBC) and Michael Patrick King. It focuses on two young women (Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs) who work as waitresses while trying to start their own business.
The Sarah Michelle Gellar pilot, Ringer, about a woman who takes on the identity of a dead twin sister, only to find trouble, was passed from CBS to The CW. The show also stars Nestor Carbonell (of Lost) and Kristoffer Polaha (previously on The CW’s Life Unexpected).
CBS is reportedly in the process of calling producers about next season’s shows, so be sure to check back for more updates as the day goes on.
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