CBS Season Premiere Dates Announced for ‘Ransom,’ ‘The Code,’ and ‘The Red Line’

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Aliyah Royale and Noah Wyle in ‘The Red Line’ (Photo © 2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc)

CBS has set the third season premiere date for Ransom as well as the series premiere dates for The Red Line and The Code. Of the three, Ransom is the first to join the 2019 spring schedule, taking on the Saturday at 8pm ET/PT time slot on February 16th.

The event series The Red Line starring Noah Wyle will premiere on Sunday, April 28 at 8pm ET/PT. The series comes from producers Greg Berlanti and Ava DuVernay and consists of eight episodes. Two episodes will air each Sunday over four consecutive weeks.

The Red Line is a serialized drama with compelling characters and provocative themes that we expect viewers will want to watch more than one hour per week, so we wanted to eventize it and try something unique with two-hour blocks over four weeks,” stated Noriko Kelley, Executive Vice President, Program Planning & Scheduling, CBS Entertainment. “Sundays have always been a night of prestige programming for the network, and 60 Minutes provides the perfect lead-in for this special series.”

The new drama The Code features Luke Mitchell, Anna Wood, Ato Essandoh, Phillipa Soo, Dana Delany, and Raffi Barsoumian. Craig Sweeny, Marc Webb, Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman and Craig Turk serve as executive producers. CBS will premiere the drama on Tuesday, April 9 at 9pm. It will move to Mondays at 9pm on April 15.

“Giving The Code a special premiere on Tuesday, the night after the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship plus the powerful lead-in of NCIS, provides two strong promotional platforms,” said Kelley. “When it moves to its regular slot on Mondays at 9:00, it will pair well with Bull to form a compatible two hours of high-quality legal dramas.”


    Saturday, Feb. 16
    8:00-9:00 PM RANSOM (3rd Season Premiere)

    Tuesday, April 9
    8:00-9:00 PM NCIS
    9:00-10:00 PM THE CODE (Special Series Premiere)
    10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: NEW ORLEANS

    Monday, April 15
    8:30-9:00 PM MAN WITH A PLAN
    9:00-10:00 PM THE CODE (Regular Time Period)
    10:00-11:00 PM BULL

    Sunday, April 28
    8:00-10:00 PM THE RED LINE (Event Series Premiere)
    10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES

The Red Line Details:

The Red Line is an eight episode event series that follows three very different Chicago families as they journey toward hope and healing after a tragedy connects them all and causes them to question their assumptions about themselves and each other. On the north side of Chicago, Daniel Calder is a high school history teacher mourning the death of his husband, an African American doctor who was shot by a white cop. As Daniel tries to comfort their grieving daughter, Jira Calder-Brennan, the two butt heads when she decides to search for her birth mother against his wishes. Daniel seeks comfort in his colleague – and Jira’s teacher – Liam Bhatt.

On the south side, Tia Young scours news of the shooting, torn between her political ambition of running for Alderman and risking it all to comfort the daughter she gave up for adoption as a teen. Tia’s husband, Ethan Young, a red line train operator and devoted father to their 6-year-old son, champions her work but cautions her about connecting with Jira.

On the west side, police officer Paul Evans is horrified that he shot an innocent man, conflicted about the circumstances around how it happened and worried about the public and legal fallout. His police partner, Victoria “Vic” Renna,” whose loyalty may have driven her to go too far to protect him, and his brother, Jim Evans, a volatile former cop confined to a wheelchair after being shot in the line of duty, may cause more harm than good in their attempts to help him. As the stories of the Calder, Young and Evans families converge, a positive message surfaces: it’s possible to emerge from tragedy stronger than before, and it’s important to come together with others, not just to survive, but to thrive.

The Code Details:

The Code is a drama about the military’s brightest minds, who tackle the toughest legal challenges facing the U.S. Marine Corps. As prosecutors, defense lawyers, and investigators, these Marines work together to serve their country with integrity while often putting aside their personal ideals for the sake of justice.

Operating out of Judge Advocate General Headquarters in Quantico, Captain John “Abe” Abraham is a driven prosecutor for whom becoming a Marine is a longstanding family tradition and a responsibility he treats with devotion and passion. His colleague and friend, Captain Maya Dobbins, is the fearless lead defense attorney who is never hesitant to go up against one of her own, but is also a team player if it means finding the truth. Major Trey Ferry is Abe’s eloquent and wise superior officer working for the prosecution who pursues suspects with ferocity.

Commanding officer Colonel Glenn Turnbull, one of the highest-ranking female officers in the Judge Advocate Corps, demands excellence of herself and her staff, while inspiring intense loyalty. Assisting the team is Lt. Harper Li, a highly capable lawyer who is eager to take on bigger cases, and tech-savvy, efficient Warrant Officer Rami Ahmadi, the Marine equivalent of a paralegal. These active duty Marines are attorneys who have chosen to serve their country in pursuit of military justice at home and abroad.