CBS Picks Up Robert De Niro Pilot

The legendary actor teams up with Richard Price for a new drama project.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

CBS Picks Up Robert De Niro Pilot

Nearly twenty years after his last attempt at a weekly television drama, Robert De Niro is ready to try again.

According to Deadline De Niro and Richard Price ("The Color of Money") have sold a drama pilot to CBS called "Rookies." As the name suggests, the series will follow six New York Police Department rookies as they learn the streets of NYC and struggle to maintain their personal relationships.

Jane Rosenthal will join De Niro as an executive producer on "Rookies," which is being produced by De Niro’s Tribeca and CBS TV Studios.

De Niro is widely known as one of the greatest actors in Hollywood, having earned Oscars for Best Supporting Actor in "The Godfather II" and Best Actor for the boxing classic "Raging Bull." Additionally, De Niro has had a number of memorable roles in films like "Taxi Driver," "The Deer Hunter," "Heat" and "Cape Fear."

"Rookies" will be De Niro’s second stab at producing a TV series. Back in 1993, De Niro teamed up with David J. Burke for "TriBecCa," a dramatic anthology series that aired on Fox for seven episodes. Despite the series’ relatively short life span, it was critically acclaimed for drawing in talent like Kevin Spacey, Kathleen Quinlan, Carl Lumbly, Richard Lewis, Eli Wallach, Philip Bosco and Joe Morton. Laurence Fishburne won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor for his turn in the first episode of "TriBecCa."

CBS has also recently picked "Ringers," a new drama starring former "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" actress Sarah Michell Gellar as a woman on the run from the mob who hides in plain sight by impersonating her wealthy twin sister. The network has also picked up an untitled "supernatural medical drama" from writer Susannah Grant.