Alan Cumming on That Backwards ‘N’ in ‘Instinct’ Art: ‘A Secret Code About Saying No to Trump’

CBS’ new crime procedural “Instinct” isn’t an in-your-face commentary on politics in America — mainly because it focuses on, well, solving crimes (and not the president’s criminal activity). But British star and executive producer Alan Cumming revealed the show’s title may be making a statement you wouldn’t expect from a show like this.

The “Instinct” art features a backwards “N,” which is actually a hidden message to viewers about Trump, Cumming said during the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association on Saturday.

“I think it’s a secret code about saying no to Trump,” Cumming said to his co-stars and a room full of reporters who burst into laughter. “Just say no.”

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The series (which is based on a James Patterson novel) follows Cumming’s character, Dr. Dylan Reinhart, a former CIA operative who is lured back to his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer. Reinhart is an author and university professor living a quiet life teaching psychopathic behavior to packed classes of adoring students, who has promised his husband Andy (Daniel Ings) to steer clear of a dangerous life. But when tenacious top NYPD detective Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic) appeals to him to help her catch a serial murderer who is using Dylan’s first book as a tutorial, Dylan is compelled by the case and comes out of retirement.

The series also stars Naveen Andrews and Sharon Leal as integral members of the crime-solving team.

See the title art for “Instinct” below.

“Instinct” premieres on March 11 at 8/7c on CBS.

CBS

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CBS’ new crime procedural “Instinct” isn’t an in-your-face commentary on politics in America — mainly because it focuses on, well, solving crimes (and not the president’s criminal activity). But British star and executive producer Alan Cumming revealed the show’s title may be making a statement you wouldn’t expect from a show like this.

The “Instinct” art features a backwards “N,” which is actually a hidden message to viewers about Trump, Cumming said during the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association on Saturday.

“I think it’s a secret code about saying no to Trump,” Cumming said to his co-stars and a room full of reporters who burst into laughter. “Just say no.”

The series (which is based on a James Patterson novel) follows Cumming’s character, Dr. Dylan Reinhart, a former CIA operative who is lured back to his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer. Reinhart is an author and university professor living a quiet life teaching psychopathic behavior to packed classes of adoring students, who has promised his husband Andy (Daniel Ings) to steer clear of a dangerous life. But when tenacious top NYPD detective Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic) appeals to him to help her catch a serial murderer who is using Dylan’s first book as a tutorial, Dylan is compelled by the case and comes out of retirement.

The series also stars Naveen Andrews and Sharon Leal as integral members of the crime-solving team.

See the title art for “Instinct” below.

“Instinct” premieres on March 11 at 8/7c on CBS.

CBS

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'Young Sheldon' Renewed by CBS for Season 2

CBS News Political Director Steve Chaggaris Fired After Accusations of 'Inappropriate Behavior'

Showtime Will Continue 'The Circus,' CBS' Alex Wagner to Replace Mark Halperin

Ratings: Fox's Diddy Doc 'Can't Stop, Won't Stop' Can't Stop CBS' Reruns Win

Naveen Andrews Promises 'A Satisfying Ending' to 'Sense8'