Alan Cumming CBS Pilot

CBS Orders James Patterson Pilot Adaptation Starring Alan Cumming

CBS has added a pair of drama pilots to next season’s slate… and one will feature a face that’s familiar to CBS viewers.

The network has given a pilot order to Killer Instinct, starring The Good Wife alum and three-time Emmy nominee Alan Cumming. The plot centers on a retired CIA operative who’s left the agency for a quiet life as a writer and professor, but gets dragged back into service when the NYPD needs help catching a serial killer.

Killer Instinct is based on Dr. Death, the upcoming novel from bestselling author James Patterson. (CBS already has Zoo, also based on a Patterson novel, in its summer lineup.) Cumming is also an executive producer on the series, along with Patterson, Alex Kurtzman (Sleepy Hollow, Hawaii Five-0) and former Royal Pains showrunner Michael Rauch, who’ll write the pilot.

The other drama pilot ordered by CBS, Perfect Citizen, is a legal drama from The Good Wife writer Craig Turk. In it, a former NSA general counsel retreats to a Boston law firm after blowing the whistle on a major international scandal, and faces praise and scorn from both sides of the political aisle.

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9 Comments
  1. pAloma says:

    I would watch Alan Cumming in anything. That said, I’m just tired of serial killers and police procedural. They all end up being very similar. Ditto for lawyer shows.

    There’s a whole big world out there. Write something new.

    If there’s going to be another detective show, how about a other round of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Or something else that reaches outside of the usual police department serial killer stuff. If you have to have another legal show, do something very different. It’s all getting boring.

    • PatriciaLee says:

      Hey, the writer professor angle is cool. It’ll be like our Masterpiece Theater host strolling into the script. Maybe Darlene Shiley could do a cameo?

    • Anne says:

      My thoughts exactly. I’d watch him read the phone book.
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      It’s one of the reasons I enjoy watching Zoo – it’s really unlike anything on tv right now; which is refreshing

  2. herman1959 says:

    This was sounding good to me until the CIA was mentioned…so tired. Now, if they could just make him a retired NYC police detective I’d definitely watch.

  3. Marie58 says:

    I’ll watch Alan Cumming in anything. So long as it’s not CBS Access-only and I can watch it without having to pay for it! But, assuming that won’t be the case, I will definitely watch this.

  4. Cody Drennen says:

    I dont like Alan so probably wont watch this show even though I do enjoy Patterson’s books.

  5. Luis Roman says:

    Anything that gets me more Alan Cumming is welcome!

  6. Steven says:

    My first thought was “He’s leaving The Good Wife?!”. I think I’m still in denial.

  7. Karen B says:

    so no “the Gold Standard” spin-off from the Good Wife? :(