The CBS crime drama Murder, which would have starred Teyonah Parris, has been passed over at the network.
CBS had its upfronts presentations on Wednesday, presenting their new series to advertisers and the press.
There was no series order for Murder, and according to a report from Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva, “All CBS pilots that did not get series orders are dead at the broadcast network.” The only pilot still being considered from the network is the L.A. Confidential reboot (starring Alana Arenas), which may end up at CBS All Access.
The network also passed on a reboot of Cagney and Lacey which would have starred Michelle Hurd and an Eric Holder-inspired series starring Bokeem Woodbine and Deborah Ayorinde.
However, in one of the most diverse slates ever for CBS, they ordered to series God Friended Me (starring Brandon Micheal Hall and Joe Morton), racial drama The Red Line (co-exec produced by Ava DuVernay), The Neighborhood (starring Cedric the Entertainer and Tichina Arnold) and Happy Together (starring Damon Wayans Jr. and Amber Stevens West).
Murder, executive produced by Anthony Hemingway (who also directed the pilot) was based on BBC miniseries of the same name.
The description: “This new take on the investigative drama explores crime through the unique and often-conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. Shot like a true-crime documentary, the series invites the audience inside the emotional journey of an investigation, allowing them to discern the truth and judge the suspects’ guilt or innocence for themselves.”