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‘Limitless’ gets more episodes, ‘The Player’ and ‘Blood and Oil’ lose some

CBS has issued a full season order to Limitless, the network’s hit new action series. The show, which is the second most watched new program of the season, has achieved spectacular ratings since its debut. It is a sequel to the 2011 film of the same name and follows a young man who unlocks the use of 100 percent of his brain by consumption of a mysterious pill.

The series has achieved a positive critical reception as well, with many proclaiming it as one of the best new shows of the season. The season had, like most new shows, had a thirteen episode order, but this full season commitment brings that number up to 22. Limitless, developed by Craig Sweeny (Elementary, The 4400), is the fourth network show this season to achieve a full season order following NBC’s Blindspot, ABC’s Quantico and Fox’s Rosewood.

“We’re excited how Limitless continues to evolve creatively each week and stand out with its unique style of storytelling,” said Glenn Geller, the president of CBS Entertainment. “It’s off to a strong start in a highly competitive environment.”

Limitless stars Jamie McDorman (Live Free or Die Hard, Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story), Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter, Quarantine), Hill Harper (CSI: New York, Covert Affairs) and Academy Award nominee Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (The Color of Money, Grimm) with recurring appearances by Primetime Emmy Award nominee Ron Rifkin (Alias, Brothers & Sisters), two-time Golden Globe nominee Blair Brown (Fringe, Continental Divide), Colin Salmon (AVP: Alien vs. Predator, 24: Live Another Day) and four-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper (The Silver Linings Playbook, Guardians of the Galaxy), who reprises his role from the film.

CBS has also ordered an additional six scripts for its freshman medical drama Code Black, based on the real emergency room labelled America’s biggest. It’s crucial to note that the network has not yet asked for the episodes to be produced, rather they simply want the scripts ready if they do. Such a move heavily indicates that Code Black will receive an additional episode order, but as of now it’s unconfirmed.

Created by Michael Sietzman (Intelligence, North Country), Code Black stars Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River, Pollock), Raza Jaffrey (Spooks, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland), Bonnie Somerville (NYPD Blue, The Search for Santa Paws), Melanie Chandra (The Brink, Rules of Engagement), William Allen Young (District 9, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Harry Ford (Skiptracers, Louder Than Bombs), Benjamin Hollingsworth (The Tomorrow People, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules) and Luis Guzman (Narcos, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island).

Over on the NBC side of things, the network has elected to cut the episode order of its new action drama The Player from thirteen episodes to nine, a move that indicates it’s effectively cancelled. The program, which has drawn terrible ratings following its debut, follows a man recruited by a mysterious organization that gambles on criminal activity.

Created by John Rogers (The Librarians, Leverage) and John Fox (The Blacklist, Dr Ken), the show stars Philip Winchester (Strike Back, Solomon Kane), Charity Wakefield (Wolf Hall, Mockingbird Lane), Damon Gupton (Empire, Prime Suspect) and Wesley Snipes (Blade: Trinity, The Expendables 3).

ABC has also trimmed the episode order for its new soap opera Blood and Oil, which has been bleeding ratings numbers for weeks. The program, which follows a man trying to get rich off of an oil boom, has been plagued by behind-the-scenes problems, a change in showrunner before the show even premiered and two different writer’s rooms working on scripts.

Created by Josh Pate (Legends, Falling Skies) and Rodes Fishburne, Blood and Oil stars Golden Globe winner Don Johnson (Miami Vice, Django Unchained), Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl, What to Expect When You’re Expecting), Rebecca Rittenhouse (Red Band Society, The Affair), Scott Michael Foster (Zero Hour, Halt and Catch Fire), Amber Valletta (Legends, Revenge), India de Beaufort (All Hail King Julien, One Tree Hill), Miranda Rae Mayo (True Detective, Pretty Little Liars), Adan Canto (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Following) and Delroy Lindo (Believe, The Chicago Code). Like The Player, this move indicates that the show is effectively cancelled.

The Player and Blood and Oil join Fox’s Minority Report as the first shows of the year to receive episode cuts. Regardless of the shows’ cancellations or renewal statuses, all of their episodes are scheduled to air.

About Lawson Kiehne

Lawson Kiehne is an aspiring Australian writer who is fascinated by everything involving stories. In his spare time he enjoys reading, playing video games and watching films and television and hopes to one day be a published novelist.