CBS Picks Up Ryan's Swim With 'Shark'

By Michelle
May 22, 2006 - 9:48 PM

CBS has picked up the pilot Shark, starring Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine) as a district attorney who frequently clashes with Emmy Award winner James Woods as a charismatic, cutthroat lawyer.

The show will move into CBS's Thursday night schedule from 10-11 p.m., following Survivor and CSI, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show displaces Without a Trace, which is moving to Sunday nights as part of a competitive shakeup which is bringing Grey's Anatomy into direct competition Thursdays with CSI.

The Futon Critic has a full listing of the cast, which also includes Alexis Cruz, Romy Rosemont and Sarah Carter. The pilot will be directed by Spike Lee and produced by Imagine.

CBS describes the series as a drama focusing on Sebastian Stark, a defense attorney who is so shocked by the outcome of one of his cases that he takes a job heading the Los Angeles District Attorney's High Profile Crime Unit. Ryan plays Jessica Devlin, "the ambitious and accomplished D.A. who despises his ruthless strategies" and puts him to work with a group of young attorneys in need of mentoring.

"You're going to see charisma jump off the screen. This is an Emmy Award-winning piece for James Woods," said CBS president Leslie Moonves in a report at MediaVillage.

13 episodes of the series have been ordered. More information may be found at The Futon Critic.

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