CBS Orders Three Drama Pilots; HOMELAND’s Michael Cuesta to Direct Network’s Sherlock Holmes Pilot

     January 26, 2012


CBS has put in orders for three wildly different dramas. Check out the details below:

  • From Ilene Chaiken (The L Word) comes Quean, which follows a Lisbeth Salander-style hacker chick who assists an Oakland police detective in crime solving. Chaiken and Joel Silver will executive produce.
  • Applebaum is based on Mommy-Track Mysteries, a book series by author Ayelet Waldman. The story follows an ex-public defender turned stay-at-home mom who becomes a private investigator to stave off boredom. Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) will direct the pilot and is among the executive producers.
  • An untitled period piece from screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi (American Gangster) and Without a Trace executive producer Greg Walker will follow a 1960s rodeo cowboy turned Las Vegas sheriff. James Mangold (Walk the Line) will direct the pilot for the series based on the true story of Ralph Lamb.

Also from the network, Homeland’s executive producer and pilot-director Michael Cuesta recently signed a seven-figure deal that was good from the time the ink dried until June 1st of next year. His next test will be directing the pilot titled Elementary for the network’s contemporary Sherlock Holmes series. Hit the jump for more.

Variety reported michael-cuesta-cbson the variety of CBS drama pilots. Quean and Applebaum seem formulaic from the get-go but may turn into something interesting with the quality creative teams surrounding them. The untitled Pileggi/Walker series has an interesting premise and might just strike the right chord with a desensitized TV audience.

Deadline reported on Cuesta’s deal with CBS. After directing and executive producing the Sherlock Holmes pilot, Cuesta will likely set his sights on developing the zombie series Babylon Fields which he collaborated on with his brother Gerald Cuesta. If that doesn’t pan out, CBS TV Studios will set up another pilot for him to helm. None of the stipulations in the contract will interfere with Cuesta’s duties on Homeland at least through season two, which should please fans of the Golden Globe-winning series.