Monday afternoon brought NBC to their fifth series pickup with a pilot from Jerry Bruckheimer, Jennifer Johnson, and directed by “pilot whisperer” David Nutter called “Chase.”
Chase stars Kelli Giddish (Past Life), Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives), Cole Hauser (K-Ville), Amaury Nolasco (Prison Break), and Rose Rollins (The L Word), as members of a division of U.S. Marshalls tasked to apprehend danergous on the run criminals based in Texas.
Giddish plays the complicated Annie Frost that takes things personal, has had a troubled past, but that is what makes her such a great officer. Giddish was unfairly bashed in the not-so-great Past Life on FOX, but she is a wonderful actress that will no doubt be able to carry the series.
I have read the pilot script which was my favorite of the year because it present a familiar feel in a new dimension, the chracters seemed interesting and fleshed out to a degree, and the pacing and action was superb in the writing by Jennifer Johnson.
NBC has their upfront presentation Monday, with the full schedule to be announced Sunday which will feature the already picked up Love Bites, Outsourced, The Event, and Undercovers. Below is NBC’s official release….
NBC PICKS UP NEW DRAMA SERIES ‘CHASE,’ FROM JERRY BRUCKHEIMER, FOR 2010-11 SEASON
Drama Becomes NBC’s Fifth New Scripted Series Announced for New Season
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – May 10, 2010 – NBC has picked up its fifth scripted series pilot for the 2010-11 season in “Chase,” a new drama from Emmy Award-winning executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer (“CSI” franchise, “The Amazing Race,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” films) and executive producer Jennifer Johnson (“Cold Case”).
The announcement was made by Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.
“Chase” joins previously announced “Undercovers,” “The Event,” “Love Bites,” and “Outsourced” as the fifth new scripted series currently announced for NBC’s new season with additional pickups yet to be announced.
“’Chase’ has all the undeniable elements of a thrill ride that you would expect from a Jerry Bruckheimer action series,” said Bromstad. “Equally important, it also features a great cast. Kelli Giddish is a breakout star as the lead.”
“Chase” is a fast-paced drama that drops viewers smack into the middle of a game of cat-and-mouse as a team of U.S. marshals hunts down America’s most dangerous fugitives. Kelli Giddish (“Past Life”) stars as U.S. Marshal Annie Frost, a cowboy boot-wearing deputy whose sharp mind and unique Texas upbringing help her track down the violent criminals on the run.
Cole Hauser (“K-Ville”), Amaury Nolasco (“Prison Break”), Rose Rollins (“The L Word”) and Jesse Metcalfe (“Desperate Housewives”) also star as members of Frost’s elite team.
“Chase” is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc., in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Warner Bros. Television. Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman (“CSI” franchise, “The Amazing Race,” “Cold Case”) and Johnson serve as executive producers, while KristieAnne Reed is co-executive producer. David Nutter (“The Mentalist,” “Without a Trace” “The X-Files”) directed and is executive producer of the pilot which was written by Johnson.