Surveillance, starring Chicago PD’s Sophia Bush, is dead at CBS

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Grasping For Salvation" Episode 420 -- Pictured: Sophia Bush as Erin Lindsay -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Grasping For Salvation" Episode 420 -- Pictured: Sophia Bush as Erin Lindsay -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

Surveillance, the drama starring Chicago PD alum Sophia Bush, won’t be going to series after CBS changed its mind on the pilot.

Former Chicago PD star Sophia Bush will not be returning to TV this season. Surveillance, the pilot starring Bush as an NSA operative, has officially been rejected according to new reports on Friday.

Deadline is reporting that CBS has passed on the pilot, after holding out potential hope well after the usual upfronts period. Rumors swirled for the last two months that the network still wanted the show even after leaving it off its 2019-2020 schedule.

It was eyed as a potential midseason series, but apparently CBS’s interests changed. It’s worth noting that they renewed their current summer project Blood & Treasure earlier this week, so it’s possible having that show sticking around next summer made Surveillance less important.

The delay in making a decision also means Surveillance almost certainly won’t be finding a home at another network.

All of the other broadcast networks already made their pickups and cancellations for next season in May, so there’s not available space for Surveillance to land on the schedule there.

And even if someplace like Netflix or Hulu wanted to take a chance on the project, being in limbo means the cast’s contracts all expired this weekend. Bush, along with her potential co-stars like Allen Leech (Bohemian Rhapsody), are no longer tied to the show.

In Surveillance, the actress would have played Maddy Yardley, the NSA’s communications guru who suddenly finds herself having a crisis of conscience: does she continue to protect the secrets of the government, or her own personal secrets that might come out?

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Surveillance would have been the first series regular role for Sophia Bush since leaving Chicago PD at the end of its fourth season. It was also her first project under a development deal with studio 20th Century Fox that she inked in 2017.

Its demise doesn’t mean she could return as Detective Erin Lindsay. Despite being a favorite of many fans, Bush has been very clear over the last year-plus that she’s done with the character. After leaving, she spoke publicly about being “miserable” while filming, as early as season 2.

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