CBS New Show Trailers – ‘Magnum P.I.’, ‘F.B.I.’, ‘God Friended Me’, ‘Happy Together’, ‘The Neighborhood’
Following their Upfront presentation last night, revealing all their new shows for the ‘Fall’ Season to advertisers, CBS has dropped a bunch of trailers online. These include the ‘Magnum P.I.‘ reboot, Dick Wolf’s ‘F.B.I.‘ series, comedies ‘God Friended Me‘, ‘Happy Together‘ and ‘The Neighborhood‘, plus a revival of sitcom ‘Murphy Brown‘.
The rebooted ‘Magnum P.I.’ comes from Peter Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim, two of the people behind CBS’s long-running ‘Hawaii Five-O’ series. The basic premise of the new iteration is pretty similar to the classic 80s show, with a few tweaks. Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez) is a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who returns from Afghanistan and becomes a private investigator. He’s helped out by ex-Navy buddies Theodore “TC” Calvin and Orville “Rick” Wright (Zachary Knighton). The biggest change comes with the character of Higgins who has been gender-switched in this iteration to be Juliet Higgins (Perdita Weeks), a disavowed former MI:6 agent. Together they, solve crimes, taking on cases no one else will touch, along with exploring the bond between a group of ex-military guys as they deal with the aftermath of war.
‘F.B.I’ Comes from ‘Chicago’ & ‘Law & Order’ producer Dick Wolf, and follows the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The show stars Missy Peregrym (‘Van Helsing’), Jeremy Sisto (‘The Long Road Home’), Zeeko Zaki (’24: Legacy’, ‘Valor’), and Ebonée Noel (‘Still Star-Crossed’). Connie Nielsen (‘The Following’, ‘The Good Wife’), who starred in the pilot as Ellen is FBI Special Agent in Charge, has now left the show and the role is being recast.
God Friended Me
‘God Friended Me’ explores questions of faith, existence and science are explored in a humorous, uplifting series about an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he is “friended” by God on social media. Unwittingly, he becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him. The show stars Brandon Micheal Hall, Violett Beane, Suraj Sharma, Javicia Leslie, Joe Morton.
‘Happy Together’ follows a 30-something couple, tired of their mundane life, start to reconnect with their younger, cooler selves when a young pop star who is drawn to their super-normal suburban life, moves in. The show comes from ‘The Last Man on Earth’ writer Tim McAuliffe and stars Damon Wayans, Jr. (‘New Girl’), Amber Stevens West (‘Ghosted’), Felix Mallard (‘Neighbours’), Stephnie Weir (‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’), and Chris Parnell (‘Archer’, and voice of Jerry in ‘Rick and Morty’). Given it’s a show about a pop star, it also seems only appropriate that 1D’s Harry Styles is one of the exec producers!
‘The Neighborhood’ follows the nicest guy in the Midwest as moves his family, the Johnsons, into a tough neighbourhood in L.A. where not everyone appreciates his extreme neighbourliness. Although the pilot above stars Josh Lawson (‘Superstore’, ‘House of Lies’) in the lead as father Dave Johnson, the role has now been recast with ‘New Girl‘s’ Max Greenfield taking over. The rest of the cast includes Cedric the Entertainer, Tichina Arnold, Dreama Walker, Marcel Spears, and Hank Greenspan.
‘Murphy Brown’, the famous investigative journalist and TV anchor at the FYI network, returns to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate. This is a revival of the US sitcom which ran from 1988-1998. The show stars Candice Bergen, Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, Grant Shaud, Jake McDorman, Tyne Daly, and Nik Dodani.
Obviously, it’s way too early for UK broadcasters yet… Although we’d be stunned if ‘Magnum PI’ doesn’t end up on Sky One… We’ll let you know when we hear about pick up on this side of the Atlantic.