This is Us’ Swan Song aired in May, and among the cast there’s already who’s thinking about the future. The actor who plays Kevin Pearson has already chosen his next project. Justin Hartley will be protagonist of the new series The Never Game, TV adaptation of the 2019 novel by Jeffrey Deaver, premiering on CBS in the 2022/2023 TV season. The series chosen from CBS is produced by 20th Television with Justin Hartley and Ken Olin, one of This is us‘ directors and producers, through his companies, ChengUp Productions and Afterportsmiuth Productions.
CBS ordered “The Never Game” for a pilot
The Never Game tells the story of Colter Shaw (Justin Hartley) a man who travels the country in his old camper van helping the police but also private citizens to solve crimes and find missing persons. At least until the last case changes everything, because this time it’s a personal matter. Shaw finds himself involved in a game of cat chasing the mouse, risking his life to save the victims.
He’ll soon find out someone’s after him and he’ll have to hurry to save himself. Shaw is a man raised on the fringes of society, educated along with siblings by his own parents, former professors who left the city for safety and taught their children how to survive “The Never Game” as his father called it, at least until he was killed.
The Never Game is an action-adventure that “kicks serious butt.”
Justin Hartley broke the news on his Instagram profile with the post you see below!
Pretty exciting news! Been working on this one for a bit. This is gonna be fun.Justin Hartley
Ken Olin expressed appreciation for the news through the tweet below:
Justin Hartley’s Statement
“I couldn’t be happier that The Never Game is coming to CBS, and that Colter Shaw will be brought to life on screen soon,” said Hartley when the project was announced. “When I read the book, I was immediately drawn to the character and the story; developing this project with Ken has been a true labor of love. Colter is going to kick some serious ass, and I can’t wait for audiences to meet him.”
“It’s about a mercenary, reward seeker kind of guy with an interesting backstory and how he kind of navigates his life based on how he was raised and his special set of skills. Although it’s not Liam Neeson, but it’s very much is that sort of mercenary kind of thing. It’s cool. It’s different.”Fingers crossed and we hope to see Justin Hartley in this new adventure with “The Never Game”!
‘Imagine Kevin Pearson As an Action Hero’ – Ken Olin
As the pilot started shooting today, Ken Olin, director/executive produce of the project, tweeted: “Imagine Kevin Pearson as an action hero. Yep. #NoTears.”
Mary McDonnell Joins Justin Hartley In CBS Drama Pilot ‘The Never Game’
Mary McDonnell has been tapped as a lead opposite Justin Hartley in CBS drama pilot The Never Game, an adaptation of Jeffery Deaver’s novel, from director Ken Olin and 20th Television.
McDonnell will play Mary Dove Shaw, Colter’s (Hartley) solid, strong, and uncompromising mother. She raised her three children on the remote California compound where her husband took them before his mysterious death. She still lives there, self-reliant and upright, the emotional center of Colter’s restless life—and the key to the secrets of his past.
Robin Weigert, Abby McEnany & Eric Graise Join Justin Hartley In ‘The Never Game’ CBS Drama Pilot
Robin Weigert (Deadwood), Abby McEnany (Work In Progress) and Eric Graise (Step Up: High Water) are set as leads opposite Justin Hartley in CBS drama pilot The Never Game, an adaptation of Jeffery Deaver’s novel. The quartet, as well as recently announced Mary McDonnell, comprise the core cast of the project from director Ken Olin and 20th Television.
Finished Shooting of Pilot Episode
On October 30, Director and Executive Producer Ken Olin announce the end of production of the pilot episode with a post on his Instagram profile.
Source: Deadline / TV Line