Taylor Sheridan steps in as showrunner on his Paramount+ series ‘Liones’ Variety learned exclusively.
Thomas Brady (“NOS4A2,” “Hell on Wheels”) was originally added as showrunner and was present in the show’s writers’ room. But once the writers room was packed, sources said creative differences led the producers and Brady to agree to part amicably. Production on the show is set to begin in September.
Sheridan created “Liones” under his extended general deal with Paramount. The show stars Zoe Saldana and Laysla de Oliveira. It is based on a real CIA program in which women were trained to infiltrate terrorist and criminal networks.
“Liones” follows Cruz Manuelos (De Oliveira), described as a rugged but passionate young Marine, who is recruited to join the CIA’s Lioness Engagement Team to help take down a terrorist organization from within. Saldaña plays Joe, the Lioness program headquarters tasked with training, managing and directing its female undercover agents.
In addition to creating and showing “Liones”, Sheridan is also the show’s executive producer. Saldaña executive produces in addition to the lead role. Sheridan’s frequent collaborators David C. Glasser, Ron Burkle, Bob Yari and David Hutkin will also executive produce, and Nicole Kidman will executive produce through Blossom Films. Geyer Kosinski and Jill Wagner are also executive producers. “Lioness” is produced by 101 Studios and MTV Entertainment Studios.
“Lioness” is one of the many shows Sheridan has in the works. In addition to new seasons of his popular Paramount Network show “Yellowstone” and returning Paramount+ show “Mayor of Kingstown,” he has the new “Yellowstone” prequel “1923” starring Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren. There’s also “Tulsa King” starring Sylvester Stallone which comes out in November. Elsewhere, there’s “Land Man” starring Billy Bob Thornton and a Bass Reeves series starring David Oyelowo.