CBS has found its 21st century Nancy Drew: Sarah Shahi has landed the lead role in the procedural drama pilot.
The Person of Interest actress will play a grown-up version of the teen sleuth in the network’s contemporary take on the iconic character from the book series.
The pitch: “Now in her 30s, Nancy is a detective for the NYPD where she investigates and solves crimes using her uncanny observational skills, all while navigating the complexities of life in a modern world.”
When CBS released its spring 2016 schedule, “Person of Interest” was noticeably absent from the lineup. A CBS rep told TV By the Numbers that Season 5 will air “sometime this season,” a sentiment CBS president Glenn Geller expanded on during the 2016 TCA winter press tour Tuesday (Jan. 12) — but he added a tease about Sarah Shahi’s return.
“We ordered 13 episodes and we hope to get them on this spring, that’s what we’re targeting right now,” says Geller. “[Executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman] have planned a terrific season. I can’t wait for fans of the show to see it, it’ll be a real treat for the viewers.”
When asked about the return of Shahi, who went on maternity leave in Season 4, Geller tells Zap2it, “Yes! You can look forward to it with great gusto, she’s amazing.” When pressed for details, Geller played coy. “I think Jonah and Greg would kill me if I said anything other than it’s fantastic,” he says.
As for Season 5 being “Person of Interest’s” final season, which is what executive producer JJ Abrams previously said is likely, Geller says, “We haven’t aired the show yet, and I’m not sure.”
But he does add that the final Season 5 episode “could function as both a season and a series finale.”
Sarah Shahi is going back to work with an old friend.
The Person of Interest star will make her first on-screen appearance since giving birth to twins in March on the Sept. 13 episode of Ray Donovan. Shahi will play Hasmig, an Armenian pop star who needs a favor from Hollywood fixer Ray (Liev Schreiber).
In the exclusive first-look photo above, Shahi also shares some screen time with her L Word co-star Katherine Moennig, who plays Ray’s long-suffering assistant Lena. Shahi and Moennig previously played lovers in a rollercoaster romance that ultimately ended when Moennig’s character, Shane, left Shahi’s Carmen at the altar.
Sarah Shahi is returning to Person of Interest
Shahi went on to star as Sameen Shaw on CBS’ Person of Interest, but was “killed” off the show during her maternity leave. The actress recently confirmed that she would return to Person of Interest in Season 5.
Shahi’s guest spot on Ray Donovan airs Sunday, Sept. 13 at 9/8c on Showtime.
Tired of waiting for Person of Interest and Elementary to return from hiatus? WGN America has your solution.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 31, WGN America, the exclusive cable home of both series, will launch its new “Prime Crime” programming block and offer a 100-episode binge event. Over two weeks, the cable channel will air 100 episodes of the two shows, starting from the very beginning of each series.
Elementary bows first with six episodes beginning Aug. 31 at 7/6c. The following day, WGN will air the first three episodes of Person of Interest beginning at 7/6c, followed by three more episodes of Elementary beginning at 10/9c. Then, on Sept. 7, WGN will air a 12-hour Labor Day marathon of both shows beginning at 1/12c.
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