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CBS Pulls 'Chaos' After Three Episodes

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 19th 2011 9:30AM
ChaosSo much for 'Chaos.'

After just three episodes, CBS has pulled the mid-season spy series, which the network describes as "a comedic drama about a group of rogue CIA spies in the Clandestine Administration and Oversight Services (CHAOS), who combat threats to national security amidst bureaucratic gridlock, rampant incompetence and political infighting."

Friday night's show was seen by an audience of just 5.7 million, earning a 1.0 rating among the 18-49 demographic -- up slightly from the week before, but not as much as what 'Medium' and 'Defenders' drew in the same 8PM time slot, Deadline reports.

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The New Guy Gets Stuck With the Crappiest Jobs While Undercover on 'Chaos' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 4th 2011 1:20AM
'Chaos' - 'Pilot'Guess what not only survives into adulthood, but even makes it into covert operations for the CIA? As seen on the series premiere of 'Chaos' (Fri., 8PM ET on CBS), "Not it!" is a valid and effective way of determining who will take on undesirable tasks.

Take, for example, a situation that unfolded in 107-degree heat in Cambodia. Four of the agents were just beginning a two-mile trek to their target destination when they were surrounded by armed men, and stopped in front by one riding an elephant. Daunting, you say?

Not at all. In fact, Casey Malick is more than confident that he can take them by himself. "I'll need somebody to draw their fire," he said.

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'Chaos' Set Visit: The Stars Talk Cool Spy Stuff & Their New Show

by Maggie Furlong, posted Apr 1st 2011 5:00PM
What do you get when you cross 'Alias'-like action with the bumbling ineptitude of 'Get Smart''s Agent 86? Well it's the opposite of CONTROL -- CBS is calling it 'Chaos' (premieres Fri., Apr. 1, 8PM ET on CBS).

Following agents of the CIA's Clandestine Administration and Oversight Services (CHAOS), this new comedic drama gives a humorous spin to the high-risk missions these CIA C-listers are assigned to under the most ridiculous of circumstances.

The cast of 'Chaos' on CBS

The show's cast includes 'Six Feet Under' alum Freddy Rodriguez as wide-eyed new recruit Rick Martinez; Eric Close as Michael Dorset, the leader of the team; sneaky Scotsman Billy Collins, played by James Murray; and Tim Blake Nelson as Casey Malick, an unassuming master of martial arts.

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Review: CBS Creates Familiar 'Chaos' With Light Spy Drama

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 31st 2011 10:45AM
'Chaos' (8PM ET Friday, CBS) initially seems like a fish out of water on CBS, but don't let the show's mild quirkiness deceive you: This buddy-spy-comedy-action hybrid is definitely a product of the network's hardy procedural factory.

There's a jokey tone to the show, which follows a team of operatives in the CIA's Office of Disruptive Services, but, as is the case with most of CBS's hour-long shows, 'Chaos' takes it as a given that the larger organization in which the characters find themselves is lazy, cowardly or just plain inept.

The agents in Team Chaos look down their noses at the pencil-pushers that surround them at the Agency; they're the only ones willing to Do What It Takes to Get the Job Done. The premise contains the kind of faint arrogance and condescension that you see on any number of CBS procedurals, in which a dedicated team is more loyal to its own insular, workaholic micro-culture than it is to anyone or anything else. Even when it tries to be a bit lighter, CBS can't help stamping its predictable formula on a given show.

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What to Watch: March 28 - April 3

by Stephanie Earp, posted Mar 27th 2011 2:30AM
Chaos - Friday April 1, 8PM ET/PT, Global/CBS

Does Freddy Rodriguez balance out Brett Ratner? I'm hoping so. This new spy comedy (I think its a comedy) stars the erstwhile undertaker from 'Six Feet Under' as a CIA agent who finds himself on black-ops missions that are underfunded, underplanned and patently ridiculous. With Ratner ('Prison Break', 'The X-Men: Last Stand') on board as producer, things blow up good, but what's kind of neat about this take on the old spy game is the focus on red tape and bureaucracy. Imagine working for Michael Scott, but your job is to save the world. The supporting cast includes Eric Close ('Without A Trace') who is starting to look a lot like Robert Redford in his best 'Out of Africa' years. Way to age well, Mr. Close.

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'Chaos' Update: CBS Orders Series for Midseason

by Chris Jordan, posted Jul 22nd 2010 4:32PM
The 'Chaos' theory? If you don't succeed at first, try again.

CBS has picked up the Brett Ratner ('Prison Break') and Tom Spezialy (Desperate Housewives') CIA drama starring Freddy Rodriguez as a mid-season replacement, according to a report on Deadline.com. Negotiations had apparently broken down between CBS and Chaos producer 20th Century Fox over terms of the deal and it was left for dead, but discrepancies were reportedly hammered out this week.

The show is signed up for 13 weeks -- not the eight CBS initially wanted -- and the entire cast from the pilot returns, sans Stephen Rea.

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TV Casting: Freddy Rodriguez, David Strathairn Lead New Pilots

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 11th 2010 12:23PM
Freddy Rodriguez'Six Feet Under' alum Freddy Rodriguez will lead the CBS pilot 'Chaos.' Rodriguez will reportedly play a naive agent who wants to make the world a better place in this drama from director Brett Ratner. Meanwhile, Oscar nominee David Strathairn ('Good Night, and Good Luck') is also headed to the small screen in the ABC pilot 'Matadors.' He'll join the recently cast Zach Gilford ('Friday Night Lights') in the series, about dueling legal families in Chicago. [Hollywood Reporter]

More casting news after the jump.

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