I hate sharing bad news, but since I know quite a few people have been waiting for news on Marg’s pilot, the official word is that FOX has unfortunately decided to pass on Behind Enemy Lines. No specific reasons were given for the pass.  I’m a firm believer that this just means an even better project is out there with Marg’s name all over it, but it’s disappointing news to hear we won’t have her back on our TVs this fall…


Fox postponed formal decision on five pilots until after the upfronts. There was very little chance of any of them going at the network, and it’s now official, with Fox passing on its remaining pilots, comedies Linda From HR, starring Lauren Graham, Type A, toplined by Eva Longoria who already had indicated she would not continue, and Thin Ice as well as dramas University Project and Behind Enemy Lines — all from 20th TV.


It looks like Marg may be headed back to the small screen.  It was announced this evening that she will be joining the cast of FOX’s pilot ‘Behind Enemy Lines’.  There aren’t too many details to report yet, but here’s what we know so far.


CSI vet Marg Helgenberger is heading Behind Enemy Lines as a “fierce but fair” Navy Admiral in Fox’s McG-directed pilot.

Loosely based on the 2001 Owen Wilson/Gene Hackman movie, the Fox project is described as a military soap thriller wherein a group of U.S. soldiers find themselves trapped — you guessed it — behind enemy lines. The “distinctly patriotic series” will offer a multi-perspective narrative that follows soldiers on the ground, the officers and service men and women on a nearby aircraft carrier and intelligence officers in D.C. as they attempt to bring our heroes home safely and under the radar.

Helgenberger — a five-time Emmy nominee and 1990 winner — will play Navy Admiral Bobbie Decker, the most powerful woman in the military and a “no B.S.” straight shooter who will do anything to keep her men and women safe. Previously, B.J. Britt (UnREAL, Agents of SHIELD) was cast in the pilot as Reggie Mitchella, a weapons systems officer.

In addition to her long run as CSI Catherine Willows, Helgenberger’s previous TV credits include Under the Dome, CBS’ one-and-done Intelligence, ER, China Beach and Ryan’s Hope.




Here’s a more detailed description of Marg’s character from Variety:

Helgenberger will play Admiral Bobbie Decker, a Navy Admiral who’s the most powerful woman in the military. Described as fierce but fair and a no BS straight shooter, she will do anything to keep her men and women safe.


Edited to add this great photo that the Hollywood Reporter shared as part of their press release describing Marg’s new role.

Image Credit: Hollywood Reporter, FOX