CBS Orders 3 Dramas, 4 Comedies Including ‘Evil’, ‘FBI: Most Wanted’ & ‘The Unicorn’
After a string of pickups last night for currently airing series CBS has announced a slate of new shows which will be joining them next season. On the drama side, they include ‘Evil’, which comes from ‘The Good Wife’ creators Robert and Michelle King, legal drama ‘All Rise‘ (formally known as ‘Courthouse’), and ‘FBI’ spin-off ‘FBI: Most Wanted‘ from ‘Law & Order’ and ‘Chicago’ franchise boss Dick Wolf.
On the comedy side, they have picked up ‘Bob Hearts Abishola‘ from legendary producer Chuck Lorre (‘Big Bang’, ‘Two & A Half Men’), ‘Carol’s Second Act‘, starring ‘The Middle’s Patricia Heaton, ‘The Unicorn’ starring Walton Goggins (‘Justified’, ‘Deep State’), and ‘Broke‘ from Alex Herschlag (‘Will & Grace’) and Jennie Snyder Urman (‘Jane the Virgin’).
‘Evil’ comes from ‘The Good Wife’ creators Robert and Michelle King, and is a battle between science and religion that focuses on a sceptical clinical psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a blue-collar contractor to investigate supposed miracles, demonic possessions and other extraordinary occurrences to see if there’s a scientific explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work.
Katja Herbers (‘Westworld’), Mike Colter (‘Luke Cage’), Michael Emerson (‘Lost’, ‘Person Of Interest’) and Aasif Mandvi (‘Blue Bloods’, ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’) star.
‘All Rise‘ pulls back the curtain on the court system and follows the dedicated, chaotic, hopeful and sometimes absurd lives of the judges, assistant district attorneys and public defenders as they work with bailiffs, clerks, cops and jurors to bring justice to the people of Los Angeles.
Jessica Camacho (‘The Flash’s Gypsy), Wilson Bethel (‘Daredevil’) and Marg Helgenberger (‘CSI’, ‘Under The Dome’) lead the cast. The series comes from Greg Spottiswood (‘Remedy’, ‘King’) and is exec produced by Len Goldstein (‘Manifest’, ‘Powerless’) and Mike Robin.
‘FBI: Most Wanted‘ centres on the Fugitive Task Force of the FBI that tracks and captures the notorious criminals on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. The drama comes from ‘Law & Order’ and ‘Chicago’ franchise mastermind Dick Wolf.
Julian McMahon (‘Nip/Tuck’, ‘Marvel’s Runaways’) leads the cast as FBI Agent Jess Lacroix, with Kellan Lutz (‘Twilight’) as Agent Crosby and Alana De La Garza (‘Law & Order’) as Assistant Agent in Charge Isobel Castille.
‘Bob Hearts Abishola‘ comes from the legendary Chuck Lorre (‘Big Bang’, ‘Two & A Half Men’), and Follows Bob (Billy Gardell – ‘Mike and Molly’) who, after having a heart attack, falls in love with his Nigerian nurse (Folake Olowofoyeku – ‘Transparent’) and sets his sights on getting her to give him a chance.
‘Carol’s Second Act’ is a comedy starring Patricia Heaton (‘The Middle’) as Carol Chambers, who, after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, embarks on a unique second act: she’s going to become a doctor.
Kyle MacLachlan (‘Twin Peaks’) co-stars along with Ito Aghayere (‘Instinct’, ‘Elementary’), Jean-Luc Bilodeau (‘Baby Daddy’) and Sabrina Jalees. The series comes from Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins (‘Good Girls’, ‘Black-ish’).
‘Broke‘ follows an outrageously wealthy trust fund baby who is cut off by his father, so he and his wife move into her estranged sister’s Reseda home, forcing the two siblings to reconnect.
Jaime Camil (‘Jane the Virgin’) and Pauley Perrette (‘NCIS’) lead the cast along with Natasha Leggero (‘Dice’), Izzy Diaz (‘Snowfall’) and Antonio Corbo (‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’). The series is written and created by Alex Herschlag (‘Will & Grace’), with Jennie Snyder Urman (‘Jane the Virgin’) serving as EP.
‘The Unicorn’ follows a tight-knit group of friends and family who help a widower move on following the most difficult year of his life, which includes being an ill-equipped but devoted single parent to his two daughters, and taking the major step of dating where, to his shock, he’s a hot commodity.
Walton Goggins (‘Justified’, ‘Deep State’) leads the cast with Rob Corddry (‘Ballers’), Michaela Watkins (‘Casual’), Omar Benson Miller (‘Ballers’, ‘CSI: Miami’), Maya Lynne Robinson (‘The Conners’), Ruby Jay (‘Fancy Nancy’) and Makenzie Moss (‘Puppy Star Christmas’). The comedy is written by Bill Martin and Mike Schiff (‘Fam’, ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’).
As with all the shows being announced this week, it’s way too early for any UK premiere information yet, but we’ll let you know when we have something.
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