Almost a good ten months after it was first announced over at CBS, we have news on the pilot Surveillance starring Sophia Bush — and it’s not good.
Per a report from Deadline, the network has decided to not move forward with the spy project, which had garnered some comparisons to Homeland in the early going. There were at one point high hopes that this would get off the ground — Bush was a well-known star coming off of Chicago PD, this was a chance to tap into some relevant subject matter, and the network had so much hope in it that they gave it a pilot production commitment early on. Yet, hope did not equate to the show getting a full-season order. They had spent the past month following upfronts thinking about it, including trying to see if there was a non-traditional way to move it forward, including as a summer series. While CBS does have a tendency to do a lot of cop shows, venturing over into spy territory is at least a small departure for them. Nothing ultimately came to pass and now, they look at whatever their other options out there are.
So what does this news mean? The site notes that there isn’t really another viable option out there for the project, so the cast will move on to trying some other endeavors. There will be some gigs out there available for them, but it won’t be quite the same, obviously, as having a chance to star in your own show. There was instant appeal that went along with this and it is sad to see that it’s not going to materialize into anything more.
With the fate of Surveillance set, CBS may look now towards greenlighting pilots and figuring out what it wants to do for the upcoming 2020-21 season. We know that there are always questions out there about MIA, the project first announced last year executive-produced by Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo. There wasn’t a pilot even produced for this past season, so there’s a chance that it is somewhere still in development. Its status otherwise is, ironically, very much MIA.
Were you rooting for Surveillance to become something over at CBS, and where do you want to see Sophia Bush end up next in terms of her next TV project? Be sure to share in the comments below. (Photo: CBS.)