CBS has got an incredible lineup of new shows coming this 2019-2020 television season. Their newest shows, which premiered some weeks ago, include the comedies Bob Hearts Abishola, Carol’s Second Act, and The Unicorn. Joining them are the psychological mystery Evil and the courtroom drama All Rise. While premiering later in the fall season, as mid-season replacements are the comedy Broke, and two crime dramas, FBI: Most Wanted and Tommy.
Tommy was one of the latest to be picked up to series by the network in May 2019, when it was also originally speculated that the pilot would air in the mid-season to accommodate the schedule of Edie Falco, who had been cast in the main role. And in November 2019 it was officially announced that Tommy will premiere on Thursday, February 6th.
Who’s in charge?
CBS Television Studios is, of course, one of the production companies at the helm of this new crime drama created by Paul Attanasio, who has received Academy Award nominations for screenplays written and executive produced creative gems like House and Bull. He also serves as an executive producer now for Tommy alongside Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, and Kate Dennis.
Dennis has also been credited as the director of the pilot episode. With Amblin TV helping with the production of this new series.
What’s the story?
Tommy centers around Abigail Thomas (nicknamed Tommy), a certified badass as she moves from high-ranking NYPD officer to become the first female Chief of Police in the LAPD
While staying true to her “unflinching honesty and hardball tactics”, as described by CBS, Tommy strives to “keep social, political, and national security issues from hindering effective law enforcement in the Southland”.
It’ll definitely be interesting to see how the tough New Yorker attitude will fare in the more laid-back streets of LA!
Who will we see on Tommy?
As previously mentioned, multi-Emmy Award-winning actress Edie Falco has been cast in the lead role. Falco’s nominations have come from a variety of amazing shows, including The Sopranos, Nurse Jackie, and the Broadway revival of The House of Blue Leaves. On Tommy, she will take on the role of Abigail “Tommy” Thomas, a sarcastic and tough NYPD officer whose life calling is to be a cop.
Further casting announcements slated Michael Chernus (Orange Is the New Black, Spider-Man: Homecoming) to play Ken, Tommy’s smart yet insecure speechwriter. As well well as Russell G. Jones to appear as Looper, Chief of Staff to the new Chief of Police. Olivia Lucy Phillip as Tommy’s school psychologist daughter Kate. And Adelaide Clemens (Rectify) as Blake, Chief of Police’s hard-working Press Secretary.
Joseph Lyle Taylor and David Fierro later joined the cast in lead roles as Treat “The Dude” Dudik and Buddy, respectively. Fierro’s character, Buddy, is the mayor of Los Angeles, who butts heads with Tommy amidst the constant power struggle. While Taylor’s Dudik is Buddy’s blindly loyal fixer.
However, Deadline reported in June 2019 that Fiero had bowed out of the production and would be recast. And two months later in August, Thomas Sadoski (As the World Turns) was cast to replace Fiero in the role of LA’s second-term mayor Buddy.
And the final three casting announcements were Vladimir Caamaño (Superstore), Katrina Lenk (The Band’s Visit) and Paul Schulze (The Punisher).
Caamaño will play a fellow New Yorker who’s part of Tommy’s security detail and moonlights as her investigator. While Lenk will portray Kiley Mills, a sports agent familiar with the hurdles of being one of the few females in a male-dominated field. And Schulze will star as a former LAPD cop turned book author as private security firm owner Len Egan, who asks for Tommy’s help with one of his clients.
According to CBS’ own website, Tommy promises to be a mix of “political, procedural, and family drama”, and yet another amazing show to add to the list for all crime drama fans. So, make sure to catch Tommy on CBS, premiering on February 6, 2020!