NBC is losing Justin Hartley to CBS. According to Deadline, the former soap opera star will be starring in a drama series adaptation of Jeffery Deaver's novel The Never Game, which Ken Olin will direct. After the end of this season's This Is Us, she produced and starred in a pilot order for the series. Orders were originally placed in September 2021. As Hartley has committed to the final season of This Is Us, The Never Game has been pushed to the summer. Additionally, Ben Winters has replaced Michael Cooney as the writer.
As a result of Winters' script, CBS praised the script very highly in mid-July. The production of the film has been speeded up as a result. Hartley stars as lone-wolf survivalist Colter Shaw in the series based on Deaver's novel. Milo Ventimiglia and Chris Sullivan are also starring in the project, joining their co-stars from This Is Us. Shaw roams the country helping private citizens and law enforcement solve mystery after mystery while dealing with his own fractured family.
At the time of the series' announcement, Hartley said, "I couldn't be more excited that The Never Game will be coming to CBS and that Colter Shaw will come to life on screen shortly." The novel immediately grabbed my eye, and the process of creating the series with Ken has been a dream come true. Colter Shaw is going to knock things out of the park, and I can't wait to show audiences who this guy is."
Hartley has been a member of the NBC family for a long time. As the character of Fox Crane on the popular daytime soap opera Passions, in which he starred from 2002 until 2006, he rose to fame across the country. As well as acting, he has also appeared in Smallville, The Young and the Restless, and many more shows.