CBS Orders Drama Pilots from Rene Balcer, David Shore

CBS has picked up two more drama pilots, “For Justice” and “Sneaky Pete,” both of which have big star power behind the camera.

“For Justice,” from CBS TV Studios, has veteran showrunner Rene Balcer of “Law & Order” at the helm as writer and exec producer. Robert De Niro is also attached to exec produce, along with Jane Rosenthal, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and co-exec producer Berry Welsh. The drama centers on a female FBI agent working in the Criminal Section of the Department of Civil Rights Division who finds herself caught between her radical real family and her professional family. The project is based on James Patterson’s novel “The Thomas Berryman Number.”

“Sneaky Pete” comes from “House M.D.” creator David Shore, who will pen the project, along with co-writer Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad.” The series follows a thirty-something conman who takes the identity of his past cellmate upon leaving jail. Dubbed “Sneaky Pete,” he hides from his debtors while working at his fake family’s bail bond business and uses his charm and criminal prowess to take down bad guys worse than himself, partnering with an attractive female “cousin” who has her suspicions about his real motives.

Shore, who is also the showrunner on CBS’ midseason drama “Battle Creek” with Vince Gilligan, will exec produce with Cranston, marking a “Breaking Bad” crossover of sorts. James Degus will also exec produce, and Erin Gunn will co-exec produce. Sony TV is the studio.

 

 

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