Pilots: CBS Orders Bradley Cooper- Produced Limitless Drama, 2 Comedies

CBS Pilot Limitless

CBS’ latest pilot orders include an adaptation of the Bradley Cooper movie Limitless.

In the original 2011 thriller, Cooper starred as Eddie Morra, a writer who with the help of the experimental drug NZT is able to access 100 percent of his mind, and in turn rockets to success in the financial world.

The TV take, penned by Craig Sweeny (Elementary, The 4400) and counting Cooper among its executive producers, follows a man who uses his newfound NZT-enhanced abilities to (of course) solve weekly cases for the FBI.

Other EPs on the project include Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and director Neil Berger (who also helmed the Limitless feature).

CBS also ordered a pair of comedy pilots on Wednesday: The Tad Quill (Scrubs)-penned Angel From Hell, in which a woman wonders if her self-proclaimed guardian angel is the real deal or just nuts, and an untitled project about a group of friends and family at three different points in their lives.

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14 Comments
  1. Reality says:

    CBS seems to be moving away from the stuffy crime procedurals with their recent pilot orders. How will it work out is the real question.

    • d4h8a15r16m23a42 says:

      Yes because a man using 100% of his brain to solve crimes for the FBI sounds nothing like a police procedural.

      • Reality says:

        They key word was “stuffy”

        • johnhelvete says:

          CBS does have Elementary, a procedural where the flaws, issues, and problems of the main characters are actually on going and not conveniently ignored in the next episode like a lot of cookie cutter procedurals.

  2. Ram510 says:

    Limitless was terrible, they do not need to make it a show

  3. johnhelvete says:

    Got a chuckle out of the “of course” comment. Of course on network TV they have to make the least interesting version of the story by making it an FBI procedural. Wasn’t the concept of the movie that the character could do almost anything, thus the name “Limitless”?

    • B says:

      exactly! They could have a really interesting concept drama here but instead I feel like this will turn into a mentalist copy…

  4. JC says:

    Another procedural for CBS. They just keep shelling out the same old stuff.

  5. Tom says:

    Maybe if they do something like White Collar did? with the main character working for the FBI (with or without a GPS tracking device) and doing some other (illegal) things on the side.

    than it wouldn’t be your average Police Procedural with a super smart guy.

  6. H says:

    Pagin Josh Lucas

  7. Mike says:

    Most of CBS shows are about people who solve crimes in one way or another. If they were remaking Uncle Buck on CBS, it would be about an Uncle babysitting his brothers kids…..who solves crimes in his spare time.

  8. Khaatim Boyd says:

    I believe this show would be so much better if it picked up where the movie left off, delving into the political realm, rather than being a crime procedural. Bad call CBS. Too many procedural type shows on TV right now.

  9. Bill Avery Jr. says:

    Why does it always have to be about FBI/Police/CSI …. ? This was already feeding a great story line. The man wanted to be president of the united states – so follow it. Imagine the fun you could have with a super intelligent guy having to deal with a congress full of Ted Cruz’s