Instinct (2018 TV series)

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Instinct Logo.jpg
Created by Michael Rauch
Based on “Murder Games”
by James Patterson
Opening theme So Far Away by Staind
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Single-camera
Production company(s)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Original release March 18, 2018

Instinct is an upcoming American police procedural drama television series[1][2] set to premiere on March 18, 2018. The series is based on James Patterson's Murder Games.[3][4][5][6]


Author, university professor and former CIA operative Dr. Dylan Reinhart (Alan Cumming) is lured back to his old life by NYPD detective Elizabeth Needham (Bojana Novakovic) when she needs his help to stop a serial killer who is using Reinhart’s book as inspiration for murders. [7]




Instinct is based on James Patterson's Murder Games.[3] The series was picked up by CBS on January 23, 2017.[6]


On February 8, 2017, Alan Cumming was cast as Dylan Reinhart.[10] Bojana Novakovic was cast as Lizzie on February 18, 2017.[11] On February 23, 2017, Daniel Ings was cast as Tracy,[12] and Naveen Andrews was cast as Julian.[13] Khandi Alexander was originally cast as Monica Hernandez in the pilot,[14] but was replaced with Sharon Leal on June 22, 2017.[15]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1 "Pilot"[16] Marc Webb Michael Rauch March 18, 2018 (2018-03-18) TBD
2 "Wild Game"[17] TBA TBA March 25, 2018 (2018-03-25) TBD
3 "I Heart New York"[17] TBA TBA April 8, 2018 (2018-04-08) TBD


  1. ^ Ausiello, Michael; Ausiello, Michael (May 12, 2017). "CBS Orders Boreanaz' Seal Team, Moore's S.W.A.T., Cumming's Instinct, Piven's Wisdom, Plus 2 Comedies". TVLine. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 12, 2017. 
  2. ^ Goldberg, Lesely (January 23, 2017). "Alan Cumming-James Patterson Drama Among CBS Pilot Pickups". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles: Eldridge Industries. 
  3. ^ a b Lewis, Andy (May 10, 2017). "Bill Clinton's Debut Novel Hunting for Film Deal". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles: Eldridge Industries. Retrieved July 13, 2017. 
  4. ^ Lesnick, Silas (May 18, 2017). "CBS Sets Instinct Starring Alan Cumming". United States: AtomicMedia. Retrieved July 13, 2017. 
  5. ^ Patterson, James (2017). Murder Games. New York City: Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 978-0316273961. 
  6. ^ a b "Alan Cumming Stars in Killer Instinct Pilot From James Patterson Picked Up by CBS". Vulture. New York City: New York Media, LLC. January 23, 2017. Retrieved July 13, 2017. 
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  8. ^ TV Promo 360 (6 November 2017). "Instinct CBS Trailer" – via YouTube. 
  9. ^ "Instinct (CBS) pilot preview: Crime drama lovers, your next obsession is "Cumming" – Season Zero". 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 8, 2017). "'Instinct': Marc Webb To Direct CBS Drama Pilot Starring Alan Cumming". Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 18, 2017). "Antonia Thomas Cast In ABC Pilot 'Good Doctor'; Bojana Novakovic In CBS 'Instinct'". United States: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved February 18, 2017. 
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (February 23, 2017). "'Instinct' CBS Pilot Casts Daniel Ings; NBC's 'Spaced Out' Adds Brett Goldstein". United States: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved February 23, 2017. 
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (February 23, 2017). "'Instinct': Naveen Andrews To Co-Star In CBS Drama Pilot". United States: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved February 23, 2017. 
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (14 March 2017). "'Instinct': Khandi Alexander Cast In CBS Drama Pilot". 
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 22, 2017). "'Instinct': Sharon Leal To Co-Star On New CBS Drama Series". United States: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  16. ^ ""Pilot"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 5, 2018. 
  17. ^ a b "Shows A-Z - instinct on cbs". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 14, 2018. 

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