The pilot episode of a prime-time CBS series appears to be headed to Pittsburgh. “Sensory,” a medical drama produced by CBS Studios, TriStar Television and Scott Free Productions, will open a production office locally next week with filming slated to begin March 21.
A publicist for TriStar confirmed the pilot will shoot in Pittsburgh but where the remainder of the series will be filmed, if “Sensory” gets picked up to series, has yet to be determined.
In 2009 CBS shot the pilot for “Three Rivers” in Pittsburgh; the series filmed in Hollywood.
Not all the pieces of the project are in place. “Sensory” has not yet submitted an application for the Pennsylvania film tax credit; the approval of film tax credit applications is usually a prerequisite for a major project of this sort coming to town.
“Sensory” was written by “ER” veteran David Zabel, who most recently was showrunner on PBS’s “Mercy Street,” also from Scott Free Productions.
No casting has been announced for “Sensory,” which centers on a veteran neurologist and the doctor’s protégé, who has mirror-touch synesthesia, a neurological trait that causes the protégé to experience other people’s sensations. The series is inspired by the true-life story of Dr. Joel Salinas.
“Sensory” is one of two medical drama pilots CBS ordered for 2016-17. CBS will decide to pick up one, both or neither by May. The network will also need to make a determination on the fate of freshman ER drama “Code Black.”
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