Comic Con 2014: Introducing the CBS Drama ‘Scorpion’

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On the first day of Comic Con 2014, the cast and creative minds of the new CBS drama Scorpion made their debut appearance at the annual fete presenting the full pilot episode followed by a short moderated Q&A session in the packed Ballroom 20 of the San Diego Convention Center.

‘Scorpion’ is the dramatized series about Walter O’Brien – portrayed by British actor Elyes Gabel of ‘Body of Proof’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ fame – who is an eccentric real-life IT genius (with an IQ of 197) and his network of nerdy prodigies. He and his team operate as a think tank formed by Homeland Security to help deal with the complex threats of the modern age, solving mind-boggling national issues while being social-awkward themselves.

Taking to the stage that day were cast members Gabel, Katharine McPhee (‘Smash’) and Robert Patrick (‘The Unit’ and ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’) as well as the real Walter O’Brien, who serves as executive producer on the series along with fellow panelists Nick Santora, Nicholas Wootton, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Justin Lin.

At first I was apprehensive about this series, but after seeing the pilot and joining in the excitement of the over 4000 other convention attendees in the room, I have to admit that the pilot was an adrenaline-fueled, laughter-filled episode that was a pleasant surprise.

When asked what brought her to the project, Katharine shared that her character – waitress Paige Dineen – was “something new for me to try” and she is “so different from her character on ‘Smash’. It should be noted that Katharine was asked if she would be singing in the show; she and the EP’s said it is not being planned, but she does “sing between takes”.

Executive producer Nick Santora shared that “the show is about the characters, but the action (scenes) [much like what was shown in the pilot episode] will be amazing”. Executive producer Nicholas Wootton also shared that they “will get into back stories about incredibly gifted people who are extraordinarily awkward while putting them into situations where they are absolutely perfect”. The series will, according to the executive producers, “walk (a) fine line” between “laughing at (themselves) and never taking (too much) advantage of (the geniuses) situations”.

The cast of ‘Scorpion’ includes Eddie Kaye Thomas (‘American Pie’ franchise), Jadyn Wong (‘Being Erica’) and Ari Stidham (‘Huge’).

Here is a look at ‘Scorpion’:

‘Scorpion’ debuts on CBS on Monday, September 22 at 9/8c.