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Among the new dramas lined up to join CBS in the 2014-2015 season is Scorpion. Inspired by a true story, the series centers on a team of geniuses who are "the last line of defense against complex, high-tech threats." In addition to suspense and thrills, it also looks like there are traces of humor throughout as these quirky characters work together under intense circumstances.
As the trailer indicates, these mega-geniuses are too smart for their own good, but when they're called upon by Robert Patrick's Agent Cabe Gallo to stop a plane-related threat that could cost tens of thousands of lives, they work together to figure out how to stop it. And amidst the chaos, they meet Katharine McPhee's character and her gifted child, who's good at chess and probably other things, as he's determined to be a fellow genius.
Scorpion comes from Nick Santora Nicholas Wootton, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Justin Lin, with Heather Kadin and Walter O'Brien also among the executive producers. Justin Lin directed the pilot. You can read CBS' full series description blew.
SCORPION, inspired by a true story, is a high-octane drama about eccentric genius Walter O’Brien (Elyes Gabel) and his team of brilliant misfits who comprise the last line of defense against complex, high-tech threats of the modern age. As Homeland Security’s new think tank, O’Brien’s “Scorpion” team includes Toby Curtis (Eddie Kaye Thomas), an expert behaviorist who can read anyone; Happy Quinn (Jadyn Wong), a mechanical prodigy; and Sylvester Dodd (Ari Stidham), a statistics guru.
Pooling their extensive technological knowledge to solve mind-boggling predicaments amazes federal agent Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick), who shares a harrowing history with O’Brien. However, while this socially awkward group is comfortable with each other’s humor and quirks, life outside their circle confounds them, so they rely on Paige Dineen (Katharine McPhee), who has a young, gifted son, to translate the world for them. At last, these nerdy masterminds have found the perfect job: a place where they can apply their exceptional brainpower to solve the nation’s crises, while also helping each other learn how to fit in.
Scorpion obviously veers away from the recurring two-person pair-up we usually see in many of CBS's procedurals, but this one also appears to add thrills and suspense, as the team of brainy misfits tackle massive threats. It'll be interesting to see what challenges follow the pilot episode and how well these characters are developed as the series ensues.
CBS has Scorpion on the schedule for Monday night this fall, airing it ahead of NCIS: Los Angeles. That's a shift for CBS, which usually airs two hours of comedies before its 10:00 p.m. drama. Scorpion will fill the 9:00 p.m. hour. Check out CBS's full 2014-2015 lineup here.