CBS confirmed that it has picked up Chaos, a drama from executive producers Brett Ratner (Prison Break) and Tom Spezialy (Desperate Housewives) about a ragtag group of CIA operatives tripped up by backstabbing and beaucratic snafus. The drama stars Freddy Rodriguez (Grindhouse) and Eric Close (Without a Trace).
The network has been high on the project and Spezialy since the May upfronts but concerns over the budget and where the show would film ended up stalling the deal before the actors’ contracts expired in June, an insider explained. CAA kept talks alive between the network and 20th Century Fox TV, which will produce the show, and a new agreement was hammered out this week. CBS always hoped to premiere the show later in the season to give Spezialy’s unique, comedic approach the promotional edge.
This latest pickup brings CBS’ drama order to five for the 2010-11 season: Hawaii 5-0, as well as Defenders and Blue Bloods, will bow this fall while the Forest Whitaker starrer Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior will premiere later in the year.