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"Einstein" Detective Series in Works Once Again at CBS


Wed 26 Jun 2024 | 12:39 PM
Einstein
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Yara Sameh

The third time is a charm for CBS' take on the German procedural "Einstein".

The network is developing a new take on the scripted format from Monk pair Andy Breckman and Randy Zisk.

Brilliant but directionless, the great-grandson of Albert Einstein spends his days as a comfortably tenured professor until his badboy antics land him in trouble with the law and he is pressed into service helping a local police detective solve her most puzzling cases.

This is the third attempt at developing the project for CBS. In 2019, Monk creator Breckman and director Zisk developed a version of the show, which ran for three seasons in Germany. 

The following year, the network teamed with Insatiable creator Lauren Gussis and American Gothic creator Corinne Brinkerhoff for a gender-swapped version of the show that added a new perspective on policing, in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

There was also a version of Einstein in the development at NBC in 2018 by Michael Reisz and Carol Mendelsohn.

Four years on, Breckman and Zisk are giving it another go. Breckman will write and Zisk will direct with both exec producing. 

It is being produced by CBS Studios in association with Red Arrow Studios International. The project has been shepherded by Intrigue Entertainment’s Tariq Jalil, who also exec produces and has been involved in all four attempts.

Written by Martin Ritzenhoff and Matthias Dinter based on the 2015 movie they penned, the German Einstein series ran on Sat.1 for three seasons. 

It starred Tom Beck as Professor Dr. Felix ‘Einstein’ Winterberg and Annika Ernst as police commissioner Elena Lange. It was produced by Zeitsprung Pictures.