The latest TV pilot that is reportedly going to be shot in Atlanta is CBS's "Surgeon General."
CBS has cast Jason Isaacs as the lead playing the Surgeon General, the most powerful doctor in America. (Not surprisingly, he's much better looking than, say, C. Everett Koop.) CBS likes Brits or Australians for leads: recent examples include Simon Baker ("The Mentalist"), Alex McLoughlin ("Hawaii Five-O") and Poppy Montgomery ("Without a Trace" and "Unforgettable")
The program comes from "Lie To Me' creator/executive producer Samuel Baum.
Pilots for the five broadcast networks are typically shot in March and April. They decide which ones to keep and discard in time for advertising "upfront" announcements for the 2013-14 season in May.
CBS has the most stable lineup among the five major networks and will likely have the fewest open slots for new shows. And the odds of this particular show making it on air is relatively slim given that CBS has ordered a whopping 35 pilots, 11 of them dramas, according to Hollywood Reporter. Last year, they only gave the green light to two comedies and four dramas.
Last year, the two shows that were shot in Atlanta (Fox's "The Following" and NBC's "Revolution") both made it on air. Unfortunately, neither show stuck around Atlanta, moving to other cities.
The five networks have ordered 98 pilots. Maybe a third will eventually make it on air.
Isaacs was last seen as the lead in the quirky NBC drama "Awake" during the 2011-12, which failed to click with audiences.
Medical-related dramas have had a tough year, with NBC's "Do Not Harm," the CW's "Emily Owens M.D.", TNT's "Monday Mornings" and Fox's "Mob Doctor" failing to click, with ABC's "Private Practice" recently endings its run. And "Grey's Anatomy" hit a series low last week in ratings.
Commenters on the Deadline.com blog were not terribly enthusiastic about Isaacs or the show itself, sight unseen. Tough crowd, as this sampling fo comments attests:
Can’t wait for the courtroom battle over food labeling.
Thanks, Jason. Can’t wait for the two-parter about cigarette packaging.
Isaacs must be getting a pretty sweet deal. Too bad he will not be using his real accent. This project sadly has fail written all over it.
Do they seriously expect anybody 18-49 to watch a show about the Surgeon General?
Jason Isaacs, aka MUMBLE MOUTH–was the most boring lead actor in net work history in AWAKE. He put me to sleep for the four weeks that I tortured myself to watch that show.