CBS has become the latest broadcast network to stock up on prime-time specials and big series orders as it looks to compete with a growing number of streaming services.
The network has given a series commitment to Clarice, which will follow Clarice Starling, the FBI trainee played by Jodie Foster in 1991’s Silence of the Lambs—which was based on the Thomas Harris novel—a year after the events of that story.
CBS will also air three new The Price Is Right prime-time celebrity specials this spring. The network made the announcements today at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif.
In the upcoming series, according to CBS, Starling “returns to the field to pursue serial murderers and sexual predators while navigating the high-stakes political world of Washington, D.C.” Clarice will be written and executive produced by Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet.
The Silence of the Lambs won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Foster.
Harris continued the story of Starling and Hannibal Lecter, the serial killer played by Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs, in a sequel novel, Hannibal, which took place seven years after the events of Silence. That novel was later made into a film, starring Julianne Moore as Starling.
The three additional Price Is Right specials follow the success of two holiday specials in December that featured the cast of SEAL Team and actor Seth Rogen playing for charity. The Price Is Right is CBS’ top-rated daytime game show.
The Seth Rogen special was the night’s highest-rated and most-watched special, with a 0.8 rating and 5.9 million viewers.
CBS made the Price Is Right order days after the Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time tournament became a ratings juggernaut for ABC. The first three installments have averaged around 15 million viewers each night for the network, and a 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demo.
Several broadcasters have used winter press tour to expand their event slates as they attempt to draw viewers away from streaming services.
On Saturday, NBC set its long-term event strategy, including bringing back Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host the 2021 Golden Globes. Earlier this week, ABC said it will now air at least one live or tent-pole event every month.