CBS has given series orders to six shows — four dramas and three comedies — for the 2017-18 season.

The dramas are “SWAT,” a take on the 2003 movie (itself based on a 1970s TV show) about the LAPD’s Special Weapons and Tactics unit; “SEAL Team,” which follows an elite unit of SEALs; “Instinct,” a serial killer thriller; and “Wisdom of the Crowd,” a Big Data-as-crime-solving tool show.

The comedies are “9JKL,” about an extended family living more or less together in three New York apartments; “Me, Myself & I,” which looks at three different periods in one man’s life; and “By the Book,” formerly known as “Living Biblically.”

The six shows join “Big Bang Theory” spinoff “Young Sheldon,” which got a straight-to-series order.

“SWAT” stars “Criminal Minds” alum Shemar Moore as a member of the SWAT team torn between his loyalty to his unit and the people he grew up with in Los Angeles. The cast also includes Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell, Jay Harrington, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson and Peter Onorati. Aaron Thomas (“CSI: NY”) wrote the pilot, and Shawn Ryan (“Timeless,” “The Shield”) is among the executive producers.

“SEAL Team” follows an elite Navy SEAL unit on high-stakes missions. David Boreanaz (“Bones”) stars along with Max Theriot, Neil Brown Jr., A.J. Buckley, Toni Trucks and Jessica Pare. “Justified” veteran Ben Cavell created it.

“Instinct” stars Alan Cumming as a former CIA operative, now a professor, who’s asked to help the NYPD catch a serial killer. It’s based on a forthcoming book by James Patterson; Michael Rauch (“Royal Pains”) is the showrunner. Bojana Novakovic, Daniel Ings, Naveen Andrews and Khandi Alexander also star.

“Wisdom of the Crowd” stars Jeremy Piven as a “visionary tech innovator” who creates a crowdsourcing app to help solve his daughter’s murder — and presumably 12 to 21 other cases over the course of a season. The cast also features Richard T. Jones, Jake Matthews, Blake Lee, Natalia Tena and Monica Potter.

Comedy “9JKL” was created by and stars Mark Feuerstein (“Royal Pains”) and is loosely based on his own life. His character lives in the middle of the three-apartment row between his parents (Linda Lavin and Elliott Gould) and his brother and sister-in-law (David Walton and Liza Lapira) and their baby.

“Me, Myself & I” stars “Saturday Night Live” veteran Bobby Moynihan as the present-day, 40-year-old version of the lead character, with Jack Dylan Grazer as his teenage self and John Larroquette as a 65-year-old living in 2042. It comes from “Galavant” and “Malcolm in the Middle” veteran Dan Kopelman.

“By the Book” is based on the book “The Year of Living Biblically” by A.J. Jacobs. It stars Jay R. Ferguson (“The Real O’Neals”) as a man who decides to live strictly by biblical rules, which turns out not to be that easy.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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