CBS announced the network’s Spring 2019 schedule this week. The new lineup includes a new eight-episode event series called “The Red Line,” which will air in two-hour installments across four Sundays. The network will also be debuting the new drama “The Code.”
“The Red Line” is from acclaimed producers Greg Berlanti and Ava DuVernay. The special event series stars Noah Wyle and will debut on April 28th after “God Friended Me” wraps its first season. The eight episodes will be broadcast across four consecutive Sundays, and the show follows three very different Chicago families as they journey toward hope and healing after a tragedy connects them all. Noah Wyle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Noel Fisher, Howard Charles, Aliyah Royale, Michael Patrick Thornton, Vinny Chhibber and Elizabeth Laidlaw star in the show. Greg Berlanti, Ava DuVernay, Sarah Schechter, Caitlin Parrish, Sunil Nayar, and Kevin Hooks are the executive producers and Erica Weiss is a co-executive producer for Berlanti Productions and Forward Movement in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios.
“The Red Line is a serialized drama with compelling characters and provocative themes that we expect viewers will want to watch more than one hour per week, so we wanted to eventize it and try something unique with two-hour blocks over four weeks,” said Noriko Kelley, Executive Vice President, Program Planning & Scheduling, CBS Entertainment. “Sundays have always been a night of prestige programming for the network, and 60 Minutes provides the perfect lead-in for this special series.”
The new drama “The Code” will have a special premiere on April 9th before it moves into its regular Monday time period on April 15th after “Magnum P.I.” completes its season order. “The Code” is a drama about the military’s brightest minds who take on our country’s toughest legal challenges, inside the courtroom and out, in the only law office in the world where every attorney is trained as a prosecutor, a defense lawyer, an investigator – and a Marine. Luke Mitchell, Anna Wood, Ato Essandoh, Phillipa Soo, Dana Delany and Raffi Barsoumian star in the show. Craig Sweeny, Marc Webb, Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, and Craig Turk are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios.
“Giving The Code a special premiere on Tuesday, the night after the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship plus the powerful lead-in of NCIS, provides two strong promotional platforms,” said Kelley. “When it moves to its regular slot on Mondays at 9:00, it will pair well with Bull to form a compatible two hours of high-quality legal dramas.”
In addition, “Ransom: returns for its third season on February 16th. That series follows crisis and hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont and his team as they save lives when no one else can. CBS did not announce season premieres for “Elementary,” which is coming to an end, and “Instinct.” Luke Roberts, Nazneen Contractor, Brandon Jay McLaren and Karen LeBlanc star in the “Ransom.” Frank Spotnitz, Jennifer Kawaja, Julia Sereny, Jocelyn Hamilton, David Vainola, Daniel Kresmery, and György Rajnai are the executive producers for Entertainment One (eOne), Korda Studios, Big Light Productions and Sienna Films.