CBS orders Ava DuVernay drama “The Red Line”

Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay

More great news to end the week for the Chicago production community.

The Red Line — a drama series produced by Ava DuVernay (Wrinkle in Time) and Greg Berlanti (Supergirl, The Flash) — has been green lit for the fall by CBS.

Warner Bros. Television, where Berlanti Productions is based, is the studio.

Written by Chicago theater veterans Caitlin Parrish and Erica Weiss, the series follows follows three different families that all have connections to a case that involves a white cop mistakenly shooting a Black doctor.

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Noah Wyle will play Daniel Calder, described as “a dedicated high school teacher mourning the loss of his innocent African-American husband.” Daniel is now a single parent to his adopted daughter, Jira. He joins previously announced cast members Emayatzy Corinealdi, Noel Fisher, Michael Patrick Thornton, and Aliyah Royale.

Wyle is perhaps best known for playing Dr. John Carter in the long-running medical drama ER and Tom Mason in the TNT series Falling Skies. He also starred in TNT’s The Librarians film franchise and subsequent television series.

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