CBS increases the suspense factor and intrigue this fall to already hit shows like Criminal Minds, The Good Wife, Person of Interest, and Elementary. NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, and Stalker round out their lineup of detective and government shows, which adds to CBS’ already suspense-filled Fall lineup.
NCIS: New Orleans boasts the drama and humor of the original NCIS, but it is set in the steamy city of New Orleans. It stars Scott Bakula as Dwayne Pride and Zoe McLellan as Merri Brody. CCH Pounder returns to primetime as Dr. Loretta Wade and Lucas Black takes on the role of Christopher LaSalle. It is a spinoff of the original NCIS and is produced by Mark Harmon, written by Gary Glasberg, and directed by James Whitmore and Tony Wharmby. NCIS: New Orleans could be as great as the original between the producers and cast. NCIS: New Orleans will air on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST.
Scorpion capitalizes on producers, writers, and a director from such shows as Prison Break, Hawaii Five-O, Sleepy Hollow, and the Fast and Furious franchise. The cast of this unusual show includes Elyes Gabel as Walter O’Brien and Robert Patrick as the federal agent from Homeland Security sent to enlist the help of Walter and his genius friends. Rounding out the cast is Katharine McPhee, who was last seen on the show Smash. The first show promises action and suspense based on the trailer previewed on CBS’ website.
Scorpion is based on the true story of Walter O’Brien, who at the age of 13, started his own computer company. He has an IQ of 197. O’Brien has a special access visa called an Extraordinary Ability EB 1-1 Visa, which was given to him by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Such visas have been given to the likes of Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the past. Scorpion will air on Mondays at 9 p.m. EST.
Stalker is the darker side of these three new CBS shows hoping to increase the suspense for audiences this fall. Starring Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q as Jack Larson and Beth Davis, respectively, the show has established actors to bring in viewers. Stalker is produced by Kevin Williamson and directed by Liz Friedlander, who both worked on The Following, giving credence that this show will be thrilling and suspenseful.
Stalker is based on the cases of the LAPD’s Threat Management Unit, which was formed in 1989 after the shooting of actress Rebecca Schaeffer, who was killed on her own doorstep by an obsessed fan. The show will focus on the scariness of stalking, as well as on the personal issues of the two main characters. Williamson is aware of the violence in the show, but feels it is a byproduct of their storylines and that it is important to tell these stories truthfully. It is scheduled to air on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST.
Established, veteran actors surround each new CBS show hoping to increase the suspense for audiences this fall. Criminal Minds precedes Stalker at 9 p.m. EST on Wednesdays. NCIS: New Orleans will be sandwiched between the original NCIS and Person of Interest, which has a different take on solving crimes in New York City, while Scorpion will follow the comedy Mom and show before NCIS: Los Angeles. These new shows add their own dimensions and types of suspense and thrills to CBS’ Fall lineup beginning in September 2014.
Opinion By Sara Kourtsounis