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Elsbeth Tascioni Returns: What to Know About the New CBS Crime Drama 'Elsbeth'

Carrie Preston as Elsbeth Tascioni Elsbeth Keyart Photo CBS Broadcasting, Inc.-Elsbeth on CBS February 29, 2024

Elsbeth Tascioni, originally introduced in Season One of The Good Wife, captivated viewers with her unconventional approach to law with her razor-sharp intellect. Actress Carrie Preston, known for her Emmy-winning performance as the quirky, lovable character, brings Elsbeth back to the screen in a new light, embarking on a new investigative journey in the bustling streets of New York City.

Elsbeth is a crime-solving dramedy described more as a "how done it" than a "who done it," posing the question: can they solve it? The CBS series follows Elsbeth's journey from the courtroom to the crime scene as she teams up with the NYPD, led by the charismatic Captain C.W. Wagner - portrayed by Wendell Pierce. With the help of Officer Kaya Blanke, played by Carra Patterson, Elsbeth uses her unique perspective to solve complex criminal cases, challenging both suspects and the conventional methods of law enforcement.

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Carrie Preston as Elsbeth Tascioni and Stephen Moyer as Alex Modarian in Elsbeth on CBS February 29, 2024

Reflecting on her return to the iconic role, Carrie Preston expressed gratitude, calling Elsbeth "a role of a lifetime." Executive Producer Michelle King describes Elsbeth as intuitive and smart, a character who can't resist diving into investigations.

In the premiere episode, which reunites True Blood co-stars, Carrie Preston and Stephen Moyer, Elsbeth's keen instincts lead her to clash with an enigmatic theater director, Alex Modarian, portrayed by Moyer, as she investigates the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a college theater student. Balancing her unconventional methods with her official role within the NYPD, Elsbeth navigates a web of intrigue to expose the truth behind a possible murder.

Carrie Preston as Elsbeth Tascioni and Wendell Pierce as Captain C.W. Wagner in Elsbeth on CBS February 29, 2024

Along with Preston, Pierce, and Patterson, Elsbeth also stars Ajay Naidu (Office Space, Bad Santa) as Martin Wali, Danny Mastrogiorgio (Instinct, Billions) as Detective Smullen, Fredric Lehne (Chicago Fire, American Horror Story) as Lt Dave Noonan, Gloria Reuben (Lincoln, Mr. Robot) as Claudia Payne, Nadia Dajani (Ned and Stacey) as Wendy Wexler, and Deborah S. Craig (The Blacklist) as Shusie Lash. Season one also features an impressive list of guest stars, including Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Blair Underwood, Jane Krakowski, and Retta.

Carra Patterson as Officer Kaya and Carrie Preston as Elsbeth Tascioni in Elsbeth on CBS February 29, 2024

The premiere is scheduled for Thursday, February 29, 2024. It will air on CBS and stream on Paramount+. The show was created by Robert King and Michelle King, who are also known for their work on the horror thriller Evil, as well as the acclaimed dramas The Good Wife and The Good Fight. The series is executive produced by Jonathan Tolins and Liz Glotzer, with Tolins serving as showrunner.

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