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They’re the community’s first for the 2020-21 broadcast season, with further orders to be introduced later.
Two days after selecting up 15 scripted exhibits, CBS is including three new ones to its 2020-21 broadcast slate.
Handing out its first new sequence orders, the community on Friday added the Chuck Lorre comedy B Optimistic in addition to Silence of the Lambs sequel Clarice and a reboot of The Equalizer. Further sequence orders from CBS’ pilot crop are anticipated to return at a later date.
B Positive, starring Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) and Annaleigh Ashford (Masters of Intercourse), was the lone broadcast pilot this season to have accomplished manufacturing earlier than the near-industrywide manufacturing shutdown amid the novel coronavirus. With the pickup, the multicamera comedy a few newly divorced dad looking for a kidney donor offers Lorre 4 exhibits on CBS: B Optimistic, Younger Sheldon, Mother and the not too long ago renewed Bob Hearts Abishola (all of them through the prolific producer’s Warner Bros. TV total deal). Marco Pennette (Mother) penned the script and government produces; Kether Donohue and Sara Rue co-star.
Clarice, which already had a large sequence manufacturing dedication connected, is from one in every of CBS TV Studios’ prime producers, Alex Kurtzman (the Star Trek franchise). The drama stars Rebecca Breeds (Fairly Little Liars) as Clarice Starling and takes place six months after the occasions in Silence of the Lambs. Kal Penn, Nick Sandow and Michael Cudlitz co-star within the sequence penned by Kurtzman and his Star Trek: Discovery colleague Jenny Lumet. The undertaking is a co-production with MGM Tv, whose father or mother firm produced the Jodie Foster favourite. The pickup offers Kurtzman one other present on CBS after Hawaii 5-0 wrapped its run this season. He additionally oversees all of CBS All Entry’ Star Trek originals and the streamer’s The Man Who Fell to Earth. Secret Hideout’s Heather Kadin exec produces Clarice.
Rounding out the orders is the Equalizer reboot. Queen Latifah takes on the position that was initially performed by Edward Woodward on the CBS drama that ran for 4 seasons within the mid- to late-1980s. (The Equalizer additionally was rebooted as two characteristic movies with Denzel Washington in 2014 and 2018.) The reimagining will see Latifah’s character use her mysterious background and intensive expertise to assist these with nowhere else to show. Chris Noth and Lorraine Toussaint co-star within the undertaking from Fort creators Andrew Marlowe and Terri Miller. Latifah, John Davis, John Fox, Debra Martin Chase, Richard Lindheim (co-creator of the unique Equalizer TV present), Shakim Compere and Liz Friedlander exec produce the sequence, which is a co-production between Common TV and CBS TV Studios.
All three pilots had been thought-about sturdy contenders to attain a sequence order, provided that Lorre and Kurtzman are among the many community/studio’s most valued producers and the title and star energy that Latifah in a widely known format carry. Final season, CBS ordered eight new sequence (break up evenly between drama and comedy). The community will return 18 scripted exhibits subsequent season, with veterans Felony Minds, Elementary, God Friended Me, Hawaii 5-0 and Madam Secretary all having ended their runs earlier this season. That will give CBS room for not less than six new dramas and three new comedies if it needs to maintain its whole scripted quantity the identical as this season.
Among the many greatest questions on the town is what the 2020-21 broadcast season will appear to be because the novel coronavirus pandemic has shut down manufacturing for 2 months already — successfully wiping out the normal pilot season. With no clear indicator for when manufacturing can resume, the normal September fall season launch is already in jeopardy. Sources anticipate a January launch could possibly be extra probably given the present state of the world.
Whereas CBS is taking a really business-as-usual strategy to its renewals and sequence orders, it is unclear if the community’s whole quantity by way of new sequence orders might be completely different this season. Whereas many community and studio insiders are anticipating a return to manufacturing in July — across the time when most veteran exhibits return to work — a later fall launch date would probably imply lowered programming wants.
The information of the CBS orders comes on what usually is the busiest day of the yr at broadcast networks — the Friday earlier than upfronts. Nevertheless, with conventional upfront displays that have been poised to happen subsequent week canceled, the information cycle has been dramatically slower as every community takes its personal strategy to subsequent season given the nation’s unsure panorama.