Why Kelly Kahl Believes ‘FBI’ Franchise Can Be CBS’ Next ‘NCIS’ or ‘CSI’

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Can “FBI,” CBS’s rookie procedural drama from Dick Wolf, be the network’s next franchise in the same vein as “NCIS” or “CSI”?

That’s exactly what CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl is hoping for, and points out that both CBS and Wolf have a very successful history of turning one series into a multi-series franchise.

“When Dick says he wants to talk to you about a brand extension you listen,” Kahl told TheWrap during the television critics association press tour on Wednesday. “He had a terrific pitch on how to expand the profile of the show, and it wasn’t just ‘Hey we’re doing ‘FBI 2.’”

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On Tuesday, TheWrap reported that CBS was developing a spinoff of “FBI” called “FBI: Most Wanted.” The potential series will get a backdoor pilot during an upcoming episode of “FBI” this spring. The spinoff is centered around the division of the FBI tasked with tracking and capturing the notorious criminals on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. Kahl confirmed to TheWrap that “Most Wanted” will not feature any of the “FBI” cast, including stars Missy Peregrym or Zeeko Zaki.

“It was a new franchise with a new idea,” Kahl continued. “Still kind of within that ‘FBI’ framework.”

CBS turned “CSI” into “CSI: New York” and “CSI: Miami” and short-lived “CSI: Cyber,” and spun off “NCIS” twice with “Los Angeles” and “New Orleans” versions. “As we’ve seen in the past from ‘NCIS’ and ‘CSI,’ the best spinoffs are when you can create something very distinct from the mothership. That’s what he’s pitching,” Kahl added.

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Wolf, primarily with NBC, has very successfully made a habit of turning one show into three. He currently has three dramas in the “Chicago” franchise — “Chicago Fire” “Chicago Med” and “Chicago PD” — the latter two of which were spawned from “Chicago Fire.” And he famously has had a version, usually multiple, of “Law & Order” on the air, including the upcoming “Law & Order: Hate Crimes Unit,” that will debut next season.

“Most Wanted” was given a series commitment, which means that CBS would have to pay out a large sum to Wolf and Universal TV if the series is not picked up. Wolf will write the script with Rene Balcer, with Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski serving as executive producers. Fred Berner will direct. As with “FBI,” the spinoff will be a co-production between Universal Television and CBS Television Studios.

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‘MacGyver’ Star George Eads to Exit CBS Drama

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“MacGyver” star George Eads has exited the CBS drama after two and a half seasons, an individual with knowledge of the matter tells TheWrap.

Eads has co-starred on the series alongside lead Lucas Till, portraying MacGyver’s field partner Jack Dalton, since the show’s start in 2016.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported Eads’ departure, the actor stormed off the set in October after an unspecified “altercation” and had since voiced a desire to part ways with the show. His final episode is expected to air in 2019.

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This is not the first time Eads has exited a show amid conflict. A longtime CBS mainstay, he was one of the original stars of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

Eads played Nick Stokes on the crime procedural for 15 seasons but took a leave of absence toward the end of the show’s run after an on-set confrontation with one of the show’s writers. It was later announced that he would not return to the show following Season 15, and he did not participate in the two-hour series finale.

Representatives for Eads and CBS declined to comment on the reason his departure.

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Dean Koontz’s Novel ‘Strangers’ to be Developed as TV Series by Fox

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Fox is developing a one-hour drama based on Dean Koontz’s 1986 novel, “Strangers.”

The project, which has a script-plus-penalty commitment, will be penned by Jeff Davis, who created CBS’ longrunning “Criminal Minds” as well as MTV’s TV reboot of “Teen Wolf.” Koontz and Davis will executive produce, along with Josh Berman and Chris King.

Sony Pictures TV is on board as a co-producer, along with Berman’s Osprey Productions.

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Here is the logline for the adaptation, per Fox:

“Strangers” tells the story of several different people, thousands of miles apart, from different walks of life, finding themselves struck by unusual fears and sudden phobias. A novelist in California suffers unbearable sleep terrors. In Boston, a surgeon’s intense panic attacks threaten her career. A priest in Chicago dreads the rise of the moon. An ex-Marine develops a paralyzing fear of the dark. They’re all connected by a forgotten trauma, repressed memories now surfacing and leading each of them to one destination: a small motel in Nevada where a dark secret lies hidden-one that could change the course of humanity itself.

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‘CSI’ Co-Creator Carol Mendelsohn Leaves Sony for Universal TV

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“CSI” co-creator Carol Mendelsohn is moving to Universal Television after four years with Sony with a new overall deal.

Under the pact, Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz, an executive at Carol Mendelsohn Productions, will develop new projects for the studio.

“Writer/producers of the caliber of Carol Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz don’t come along that often and I am proud they have chosen to call Universal Television home,” said Pearlena Igbokwe, president, Universal Television.

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Mendelsohn co-created “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” alongside Anthony Zuiker in 2000, serving as showrunner for 14 seasons. She also co-created the CBS franchise’s spinoffs, “CSI: Miami,” “CSI: New York” and the short-lived, “CSI: Cyber.” While at Sony, Mendelsohn’s company produced NBC’s “Game of Silence,” which itself was a co-production between Sony TV and Universal TV. The NBC drama only ran for one season.

“We’re excited to be in business with such a creative and accomplished group of women,” said Mendelsohn.

The news for Sony comes after the studio managed to keep one of its prolific TV producers — “Better Call Saul” co-creator Vince Gilligan — under its roof.

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25 Highest Rated Broadcast TV Shows of 2015-2016 Season (Photos)

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Here are the 25 highest rated TV Big 4 broadcast TV shows of the traditional fall/spring television season, per Nielsen. Every number comes from the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and includes one-week’s worth of delayed viewing where available

Here are the 25 highest rated TV Big 4 broadcast TV shows of the traditional fall/spring television season, per Nielsen. Every number comes from the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and includes one-week’s worth of delayed viewing where available

Here are the 25 highest rated TV Big 4 broadcast TV shows of the traditional fall/spring television season, per Nielsen. Every number comes from the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and includes one-week’s worth of delayed viewing where available

Here are the 25 highest rated TV Big 4 broadcast TV shows of the traditional fall/spring television season, per Nielsen. Every number comes from the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and includes one-week’s worth of delayed viewing where available

Here are the 25 highest rated TV Big 4 broadcast TV shows of the traditional fall/spring television season, per Nielsen. Every number comes from the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and includes one-week’s worth of delayed viewing where available

Here are the 25 highest rated TV Big 4 broadcast TV shows of the traditional fall/spring television season, per Nielsen. Every number comes from the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and includes one-week’s worth of delayed viewing where available

Here are the 25 highest rated TV Big 4 broadcast TV shows of the traditional fall/spring television season, per Nielsen. Every number comes from the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and includes one-week’s worth of delayed viewing where available

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