‘The Never Game’ Adds Mary McDonnell as Series Regular for CBS Drama

The game never, the CBS drama with a pilot order, just gained a new cast member — one with multiple Oscar and Emmy nominations to his name. Mary McDonnell will join the series, marking her first return to a series regular role since Major Crimes completed in 2018.

The series is based on the novel of the same name by prolific writer Jeffery Deaver. It follows survivalist Colter Shaw (Justin Hartley) as he travels across America in a trailer, earning money by helping families recover lost loved ones and valuables. He learned his expert tracking skills from his paranoid father, who has since mysteriously died.

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McDonnell will play his mother, Mary Dove Shaw, who, according to Deadline, is a “solid, strong and uncompromising mother, who raised her three children in the remote California compound where her husband took them before his mysterious death. She still lives there, self-sufficient and upright, the emotional center of Colter’s troubled life – and the key to the secrets of his past.

Looks like Colter is on the run from something, and his mother might hold the answers to the mystery. Either way, it’s one mystery among many, which should make for a compelling drama.

Series production was initially pushed back to accommodate Hartley’s It’s us filming schedule, but only time will tell when the series might make its television debut.

McDonnell is known for her Oscar-nominated performances in dance with wolves and Fish Passionas well as her Emmy-nominated roles in The closest and Emergency room. She can also be seen in the upcoming Netflix limited series, The fall of House Usher.