CBS has ordered a full season of ‘Limitless’

24 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

CBS picks up new drama ‘Limitless’.

A follow-up to the Bradley Cooper-starring 2011 film, the series follows a man named Brian Finch (Jake McDorman), who discovers the brain-boosting power of NZT and is coerced by the FBI into using his extraordinary cognitive abilities to solve complex cases for them alongside Special Agent Rebecca Harris (Jennifer Carpenter).

The back nine puts the CBS drama at a 22-episode order for its freshman season. “Limitless,” starring Jake McDorman and Jennifer Carpenter, has been one of the most promising rookie performers this fall, consistently retaining most of its young-adult lead-in from “NCIS: New Orleans” on Tuesdays. Through five weeks, the action drama has averaged a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 9 million total viewers in same-day viewing, rising in Live+3 on average by about 0.9 in 18-49 and by about 3 million total viewers. “Code Black,” anchored by Marcia Gay Harden, has averaged a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.4 million viewers overall in same-night averages through its first four weeks, and it has grown on average by about 0.6 in 18-49 and 2.4 million viewers in “live plus-3” estimates. According to CBS, Limitless has won its time slot in viewers every week since the show’s premiere, with its latest outing drawing 7.90 million and a 1.4 in the demo. “We’re excited how Limitless continues to evolve creatively each week and stand out with its unique style of storytelling,” president of CBS Entertainment Glenn Geller said in a statement. “It’s off to a strong start in a highly competitive environment.” The series becomes the fourth new show to be picked up for a full season. It is a sequel to the 2011 film of the same name and follows a young man who unlocks the use of 100 percent of his brain by consumption of a mysterious pill.

Also still up in the air at CBS is comedy “Life In Pieces,” though a full-season decision likely won’t come until the sitcom moves into its regular Thursday night slot, following “Thursday Night Football” wrapping on Oct. 29. The show is a spinoff from the 2011 movie “Limitless,” which starred Bradley Cooper as a frustrated writer who used a special drug to tap into his brain’s full potential. On Thursdays, the new family ensembler will be paired with the network’s comedy-heavy night, anchored by “The Big Bang Theory.” Other new dramas that have received full-season orders are NBC’s “Blindspot,” ABC’s “Quantico” and Fox’s “Rosewood.” The first comedy to land its back episode order is ABC’s “Dr. Predator, 24: Live Another Day) and four-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper (The Silver Linings Playbook, Guardians of the Galaxy), who reprises his role from the film. Over on the NBC side of things, the network has elected to cut the episode order of its new action drama The Player from thirteen episodes to nine, a move that indicates it’s effectively cancelled.

Created by John Rogers (The Librarians, Leverage) and John Fox (The Blacklist, Dr Ken), the show stars Philip Winchester (Strike Back, Solomon Kane), Charity Wakefield (Wolf Hall, Mockingbird Lane), Damon Gupton (Empire, Prime Suspect) and Wesley Snipes (Blade: Trinity, The Expendables 3). Created by Josh Pate (Legends, Falling Skies) and Rodes Fishburne, Blood and Oil stars Golden Globe winner Don Johnson (Miami Vice, Django Unchained), Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl, What to Expect When You’re Expecting), Rebecca Rittenhouse (Red Band Society, The Affair), Scott Michael Foster (Zero Hour, Halt and Catch Fire), Amber Valletta (Legends, Revenge), India de Beaufort (All Hail King Julien, One Tree Hill), Miranda Rae Mayo (True Detective, Pretty Little Liars), Adan Canto (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Following) and Delroy Lindo (Believe, The Chicago Code).

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