CHAOS (TV series)
|Created by||Tom Spezialy|
Tim Blake Nelson
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Tom Spezialy
|Location(s)||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Rat Entertainment
CBS Television Studios
20th Century Fox Television
|Original release||April 1 – July 16, 2011|
CHAOS is an American comedic drama that aired on CBS from April 1, to July 16, 2011, as a mid-season replacement for The Defenders. The series was officially cancelled on May 15, 2011.
Threats to national security are investigated by a group of rogue CIA spies in the division of Clandestine Homeland Administration and Oversight Services (CHAOS), also trying to keep their jobs from being eliminated due to budget cuts. New agent Rick Martinez (Freddy Rodriguez) joins the team as an in-house mole for CIA National Clandestine Service Director H.J. Higgins (Kurtwood Smith). However, Martinez is quickly found out by the ODS (Office of Disruptive Services) team, who "turn" him for their own use.
- Freddy Rodriguez as CIA Field Agent/Operative Rick Martinez
- Christina Cole as NCS Deputy Director Adele Ferrer
- Carmen Ejogo as Intelligence Officer Fay Carson
- James Murray as Field Agent/Operative Billy Collins
- Tim Blake Nelson as Field Agent/Operative Casey Malick
- Eric Close as Field Agent/Operative Michael Dorset
- Kurtwood Smith as NCS Director H. J. Higgins
Development and production
In January 2010, CBS ordered production of a pilot written by Tom Spezialy. Casting announcements began in mid-February, with Freddy Rodriguez being the first actor cast. Next to come on board were James Murray and Tim Blake Nelson. Eric Close joined the cast in early March, followed by Carmen Ejogo. Finally, Stephen Rea completed the main cast in mid-March. The pilot was filmed in Los Angeles.
In late July, CBS announced that it had officially ordered 13 episodes of the series for a mid-season start. Kurtwood Smith joined the cast in November 2010, replacing Rea in the role of Director H.J. Higgins.
Starting in mid-December 2010, CHAOS film crews were spotted and the actors photographed at various set locations around Vancouver – at the Vancouver Rowing Club, in Gastown, on the rooftop of The Bay, at the Terminal City Iron Works, and at mansions in the Shaughnessy and Point Grey neighborhoods – with these locations standing in for exotic locales around the world.
For unknown reasons CBS aired the episodes out of chronological order. The production codes in the episode table reveal the originally intended order.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|1||"Pilot"||Brett Ratner||Tom Spezialy||April 1, 2011||1ASM79||6.53|
|Newbie Rick Martinez (Freddy Rodriguez) is partnered with three unruly agents who quickly learn he is a mole out to cut their jobs. But when a hostage crisis in Sudan materializes, Rick joins the team to aid in the rescue.|
|2||"Song of the North"||Ron Underwood||Jace Richdale||April 8, 2011||1ASM03||5.73|
|When a North Korean diplomat embarrasses himself in front of the UN, Rick agrees to have the CIA orchestrate his defection. But when he demands that they also smuggle his family out of the Communist country, the CHAOS agents pose as anti-capitalism entrants in the Pyongyang Film Festival to accomplish the mission.|
|3||"Love and Rockets"||Ron Underwood||Matt Ward & David Gerken||April 15, 2011||1ASM06||5.68|
|The CHAOS agents pose as lawyers to infiltrate an international arms dealer's Russian compound and capture him, but when his daughters befriend Rick and Billy, the team must work around the distractions.|
|4||"Two Percent"||Jeff Melman||Chris Dingess||May 28, 2011||1ASM08||3.56|
|Casey's off his game when the team heads to China to extract a compromised female spy who just happens to have been his former girlfriend. The team decides to finish her assignment and continue on the trail of a major terrorist.|
|5||"Molé"||Bryan Spicer||Tom Spezialy and Bruce Zimmerman||May 28, 2011||1ASM04||3.88|
|The CIA offices go on lockdown when the director suspects a mole, putting a foreign operative in danger. The agents must figure out how to get the operative the support needed for a drug cartel operation already in play.|
|6||"Eaten by Wolves"||Bryan Spicer||Katie Ford||June 4, 2011||1ASM02||3.12|
|The agents head to Russia pretending to be tourists looking for brides, but are really trying to find a scientist selling nuclear materials. When Martinez becomes entangled with one of the women (Winter Ave Zoli), his cover story starts to unravel.|
|7||"Remote Control"||Fred Gerber||Katie Ford and Vivian Lee||June 11, 2011||1ASM05||3.23|
|The CHAOS team, in Paris to capture a terrorist, is discovered by French intelligence and forced to shut down their operation. Now the team must find a way to continue the mission without creating an international incident.|
|8||"Core Fortitude"||David Straiton||Tom Spezialy||June 18, 2011||1ASM01||3.86|
|When Rick's new team goes against orders to apprehend an arms dealer, Rick must decide if he can trust them or if he should report their unauthorized activities to the CIA director.|
|9||"Defending Sophia"||Fred Gerber||Chris Black & Bruce Zimmerman||June 25, 2011||1ASM07||3.24|
|The ODS goes in undercover as election monitors in Rukovia to help secure the legitimate election of a reformist politician who is being hunted by a Cold War era general who is the current President.|
|10||"Glory Days"||Sarah Pia Anderson||Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters||June 25, 2011||1ASM09||3.24|
|An ex-member of the ODS uncovers a private company trading national secrets to international terrorists, criminals and rival powers and contacts the ODS for help. The connection and source of loathing the Director has for the ODS is revealed.|
|11||"Deep Cover Band"||Oz Scott||Dan E. Fesman||July 2, 2011||1ASM10||2.49|
|The ODS goes undercover in Germany as drug dealers in the Industrial-Postmodern-Punk rock scene to extract a CIA operative who is in deep cover with a German drug ring. Complications arise when the operative fakes his death to try to escape with his lover.|
|12||"Mincemeat"||Ron Underwood||Ed Zuckerman||July 9, 2011||1ASM11||2.85|
|The ODS work to ensure that a dying hard-line Middle East President chooses his reformist and Westernized son to succeed him instead of his brutal brother. The ODS use an old trick from the WWII intelligence game to solve their problem, but things go awry when Operative Blank is involved.|
|13||"Proof of Life"||Jerry Levine||Chris Black & Ed Zimmerman||July 16, 2011||1ASM12||3.04|
|A former member of the ODS is discovered in Panama after Martinez concludes his first solo assignment. The ODS call upon the counterfeiting office to help them in an operation that makes the enemy of the U.S. Secret Service and the Treasury Department.|
In New Zealand, the show has a late-night slot from October 4, 2013 through to the end of December on TV3.
The series premiered with 6.53 million viewers and a 1.1 rating in the adults 18–49 demo. The rating equaled the lowest ratings achieved by Medium and The Defenders in the same slot, also the lowest rating for any CBS drama this season.
CBS removed the series from the schedule on April 18, 2011, after airing three episodes of the 13-episode order, and placed it on hiatus. The series resumed with episode 4 and episode 5 on May 28. The final episodes aired on Saturdays at 8 pm Eastern.
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