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"Title Card - Elsbeth," Elsbeth, “Pilot," directed by Robert King, 2024, (CBS)

This is a character guide for CBS’ “Elsbeth,” with character descriptions, quotes, names of actors, and more.

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Elsbeth Tascioni

Played By: Carrie Preston

Elbesth Tascioni (Carrie Preston)
“Elbesth Tascioni (Carrie Preston),” Elsbeth, “Pilot,” directed by Robert King, 2024, (CBS)

Eccentric in more ways than one, Elsbeth is a now former defense attorney who wanted to be on the other side of things. She wanted to process and get bad people convicted over finding ways to get their freedom.

  • The actor is also known for their role in “Claws.”
  • Origin (S1E1): She is from Chicago
  • Years of Experience (S1E1): 30 years of experience

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Captain Wagner

Played By: Wendell Pierce

Captain Wagner (Wendell Pierce)
“Captain Wagner (Wendell Pierce),” Elsbeth, “Pilot,” directed by Robert King, 2024, (CBS)

Captain Wagner seems to be your average captain of the police. He wants his people to feel like they can do their jobs without unnecessary scrutiny and wants to make sure good cops get recognized. However, according to Agent Celetano, something is up with him.

  • The actor is also known for their role in “Confirmation.”

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Officer Blanke

Played By: Carra Patterson

Officer Blanke (Carra Patterson)
“Officer Blanke (Carra Patterson),” Elsbeth, “Pilot,” directed by Robert King, 2024, (CBS)

Officer Blanke is a beat cop who originally was just working on patrol, but with being paired with Elsbeth, it seems her career might be on an upswing.

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Alex Modarian

Played By: Stephen Moyer

Alex Modarian (Stephen Moyer)
“Alex Modarian (Stephen Moyer),” Elsbeth, “Pilot,” directed by Robert King, 2024, (CBS)

Alex is the director of an arts program, specifically live performance, who seems to have the habit of sleeping with the female lead of his productions.

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Detective Bob Smullen

Played By: Danny Mastrogiorgio

Detective Smullen (Danny Mastrogiorgio)
“Detective Smullen (Danny Mastrogiorgio),” Elsbeth, “Pilot,” directed by Robert King, 2024, (CBS)

Detective Smullen is a cop who we meet while he investigates a suicide that evolves into a murder case.

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Agent Celetano

Played By: Danny McCarthy

Agent Celetano (Danny McCarthy)
“Agent Celetano (Danny McCarthy),” Elsbeth, “Pilot,” directed by Robert King, 2024, (CBS)

Agent Celetano is Elsbeth’s FBI contact who got her assigned to Captain Wagner’s team, where she is supposed to report anything fishy she discovers about Captain Wagner.

  • Introduced In: S01E01
  • The actor is also known for their role in “Body Cam.”

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Background Information

Network(s) CBS
Created By Robert King, Michelle King
Based On (Spin-Off Of) The Good Wife, The Good Fight
First Aired February 29, 2024
Executive Produced By Jonathan Tolins, Liz Glotzer, Robert King, Michelle King
Showrunner(s) Jonathan Tolins
Genre(s) ComedyCrimeDramaMystery


Fresh from Chicago, Elsbeth finds herself part of Agent Celetano’s investigation into NYPD Captain Wagner via a consent decree put in place after a misconduct incident the previous year. But, as she investigates him, she finds

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  • Consent Decree (S01E01): The consent decree allows Elsbeth to tag along and report, as a citizen, any wrongdoing or misconduct she sees during an investigation.

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