NBC Acquires Drama 'Crossing Lines' for Summer Debut

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March 20th, 2013

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via press release:


William Fichtner, Donald Sutherland Star in Drama That Focuses on Bringing Global Criminals to Justice

Series Is Produced by Tandem Communications and Bernero Productions


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — March 20, 2013 — NBC has acquired the U.S. television rights to the one-hour action-crime series “Crossing Lines,” from producers Tandem Communications (“The Pillars of the Earth”, “World Without End”) and Bernero Productions (“Criminal Minds,” “Third Watch”).


Series is produced in co-production with TF1 Production/TF1 Network and commissioned by Sony Pictures Television Networks.


The network will air 10 episodes beginning in summer 2013. Set in exotic locations, “Crossing Lines” taps into the charter of the International Criminal Court to investigate serialized cross-border crimes and to hunt down global criminals. The series stars William Fichtner, Donald Sutherland, Marc Lavoine, Gabriella Pession, Tom Wlaschiha, Moon Dailly and Richard Flood.


“Crossing Lines” was created and developed by Edward Allen Bernero and Tandem president Rola Bauer. Both serve as executive producers.


“We’re making scripted projects a priority for our summer lineup, and this is a great fit,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment. “The special unit of ‘Crossing Lines’ brings global criminals to justice with the help of the International Criminal Court. We have every reason to believe that our viewers will enjoy these compelling and well-told stories.”


“Fans of procedural crime shows will feel very much at home with ‘Crossing Lines’ and adopt its team of characters as their new family,” said Bernero, who previously was an executive producer on NBC’s long-running drama “Third Watch.” “I couldn't be more pleased to come home to NBC, which recognized the show's potential.”


Added Rola Bauer, who leads Tandem Communications from the company’s home in Munich: “This is Tandem's entry into the one-hour series arena and, with Ed aboard and with this cast, we feel NBC is the perfect home for our show in the U.S.”


Bernero, a former police officer who made his television debut writing for CBS’ cop drama “Brooklyn South,” is represented by CAA and counseled by Tom Hoberman, who also reps Tandem with Randolph M. Paul.


Bernero Productions has developed several projects over its three-year existence across different broadcast and cable networks.


Tandem Communications, which focuses on production and worldwide distribution, was formed in 1999 by Rola Bauer and Tim Halkin. In 2007 Jonas Bauer was named partner. Last year StudioCanal took a major stake in the company to strengthen Tandem’s one-hour series strategy.


Germany’s SAT.1 and Italian public broadcaster RAI have also acquired the series.




  • BigBrotherFan

    Why not renew DECEPTION and air in the summer? I mean, it can’t do any worse than this will. LOL

  • lola

    DECEPTION is not doing so bad

  • Brian J

    If successful, is this the sort of show that would make an appearance on the schedule during the regular season? The show Camp from NBC seems like it would be best as a summer show, considering the content, but this could easily go anywhere.

  • PurpleDrazi

    Is it just me or does that one lady look like she has yellow eyes?

  • Martin

    The networks really are making a push for summer this year.

  • Matt

    Why does this show feature a demon with yellow eyes?

  • Cougar Town Forever

    Wow, another crime show! Not enough of those on TV! So now NBC is not trying to do anything new or interesting. Then again, that seems to be working pretty well for CBS.

  • DW

    it sounds like its already been sold overseas so NBC isn’t paying much for it. could be a good popcorn summer show.

  • Andoni

    NBC will cancel it.

  • Justin121

    Yeah, because Day One, Do No Harm, The Firm, Crossbones, Awake, Deception, (am I missing something?), have been such great success…

  • Richard Steven Hack

    For a crime procedural, this might be interesting since it’s not your ordinary run of the mill crooks. And both William Fichtner and Donald Sutherland are good pro, compelling actors. I might check this out.

  • Jarrod

    It’s like NBC is setting itself up to fail. It won’t surprise me if The CW starts beating out NBC any day now.

  • Dan S

    @Justin121, interesting you singled out Crossbones. That show won’t be ready to go until next season but I get the gist of your comment.
    I will give props to NBC for at least giving more scripted programming. It may may not fly but will never know unless you try.

  • Anthony

    Yeah, because Day One, Do No Harm, The Firm, Crossbones, Awake, Deception, (am I missing something?), have been such great success…

    I’m not really sure what you were trying to get at with this comment. Firstly Crossbones hasn’t even aired yet (they are still casting that show). Secondly, NONE of those other shows aired during the summer, so any comparisons to this show (which will be airing during the summer) are irrelevant. Thirdly, why bring up Day One? That show was from 4 years ago, in NBC’s long list of failures you couldn’t come up with another show that is newer than that?

  • Jason50

    This doesn’t sound too bad, more interesting than the typical cop drama. Fichtner and Sutherland are good actors and should make this show interesting.

  • AprilFox

    Finally William Fitchner is back! I just don’t get why great actors like Fitch aren’t continuosly working. I enjoyed Deception.

  • Joseph

    Given that it’s a ten-episode series, I would think it won’t premiere any earlier than the second half of June since NBC will carry the Stanley Cup Finals.

    If the show were to extend until mid-September, then it might not premiere until after the July 4th vacation week.

  • chrys

    I like Deception! I’m happy to see William Fichtner back on TV (or has he been back already?) I don’t think I’ve seen him in anything since Prison Break??

  • chrys

    Oh wait–I missed this name: Tom Wlaschiha….nice!!! (Jaqen H’ghar!!!)

  • Jay

    Previously on Prison Break…

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