'Frankenstein'-Inspired CBS Series 'Alive' Adds Ryan Phillippe, Katrina Law

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Alive, the CBS series inspired by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, has added Ryan Phillippe to its cast. The series, which will also star Arrow's Katrina Law, is being described as a modern interpretation of the classic Frankenstein tale in a cop procedural setting. The series comes from Jason Tracey, one of the producers behind CBS's long-running hit Elementary, which similarly was a modern, police procedural spin on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. Alive will center on a San Francisco homicide detective who is mysteriously brought back to life after being killed in the line of duty -- but as he resumes his old life, and he and his wife realize he isn’t the same person he used to be, they zero in on the strange man behind his resurrection: Dr. Victor Frankenstein. Mad Men's Aaron Staton will play Dr. Frankenstein, and Law will play Phillippe's wife.