Simon West will direct and executive produce CBS's drama pilot, The Man; Variety notes it's part a new two-year overall development deal with the studio.

LL Cool J will star in the show that will start shooting soon in Los Angeles; West said he looks forward to showing off the city in a new light, one different from that seen in some of the iconic cop hours of the 1960s and '70s. He plans to shoot in the usual L.A. environs - the beach, Bevery Hills - as well as downtown, capturing the new loft-based cityscape that's arisen in the past decade.