FALL 2011: CBS Picks Up 2! Gives ‘The Ringer’ to the CW!

The Ringer, the buzzy pilot stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as a Bridget who goes on the run from the mob and assumes her missing twin sister Siobhan’s identity, only to find out people are after her too. Sounds kind of twisty and cool right? Anyway it was in contention at CBS before it tested too young and serialized for CBS’ typical audience, but still well enough that CBS passed it off to it’s kid sister, The CW. The series co-stars Kristofer Polaha (Life Unexpected), Nestor Carbonell (Lost’s Richard Alpert), Ioan Gruffud (Fantastic Four) and Tara Summers (Boston Legal)

It’s the first official pick-up from the CW though Hart of Dixie with Rachel Bilson and The Secret Circle from Kevin Williamson are said to be the front runners. 

CBS picked up two series, paltry compared to ABC’s 12. The JJ Abrams produced series Person of Interest starring Jim Caviezel (Mel Gibson’s Jesus), Oscar Nominee Taraji P. Henson and Michael Emerson (Lost’s Ben Linus). It’s about a presumed dead CIA agent (Caviezel) who teams up with a reclusive billionaire (Emerson) to prevent crime in NYC. Emerson marks the second lost vet to be reunited with Abrams after Fox picked up Jorge Garcia’s Alcatraz. Most promising? The series was written by Jonathan Nolan, writer of The Dark Knight. 

CBS also gave life to Kat Denning’s new comedy Broke Girls, about two broke girls (Dennings and struggling to live in the big city. The series was written by Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City) and Whitney Cummings, who has a self titled sitcom that just got the greenlight on NBC.


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