Daytime diva Whoopi Goldberg, who first sat down at the table of the award-winning talk show, “The View,” in 2005, comes to primetime in the new CBS crime drama “Instinct,” premiering March 18 at 8 p.m. Alan Cumming stars in the series based on the James Patterson novel.
In the “Pilot,” according to the network, Dr. Dylan Reinhart (Cumming) is a gifted author and university professor living a quiet life teaching psychopathic behavior to packed classes of adoring students. But when tenacious top NYPD detective Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic) appeals to him to help her catch a serial murderer who is using Dylan’s first book as a tutorial. Dylan is compelled by the case and comes out of retirement. Helping them is Julian Cousins (Naveen Andrews), Dylan’s invaluable CIA comrade who rivals Dylan in brilliance and wit, and can get top-secret dirt on anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Lt. Jasmine Gooden, a friend of Lizzie’s who has recently been promoted to be their boss, is glad to see her best detective finally agree to work with someone on a case, since Lizzie has refused any partner since a tragic event one year ago.
As Dylan feels re-energized tapping into his old skill set, his husband, Andy (Daniel Ings), is concerned that Dylan’s breaking their pact about putting away his cloak and dagger for good. Though Dylan and Lizzie initially clash, when it comes to catching killers, they realize they will make an ideal team if they both trust their instincts.
Goldberg will appear in the recurring role of Dylan’s book editor, Joan Ross. Among the entertainment elite, Goldberg is a rare artist who has earned all four major awards — Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, in addition to two Golden Globes, eight NAACP Image Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2001).