The 2019-2020 season is taking shape at CBS.
The broadcast network has ordered its first round of shows for the upcoming season, selecting seven series each with substantial, noteworthy pedigrees. Among them are dramas “Evil,” “FBI: Most Wanted,” and “All Rise,” and comedies “Bob Hearts Abishola,” “Carol’s Second Act,” “The Unicorn,” and “Broke.”
“Evil” is the brainchild of Robert and Michelle King, creators of “The Good Wife” and “The Good Fight” on CBS, as well as the upcoming Showtime series “Your Honor.” According to its logline, the series “focuses on a skeptical female forensic psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a carpenter to investigate and assess the Church’s backlog of supposed miracles, demonic possessions and unexplained phenomena.” Katja Herbers of “Westworld” will star as the aforementioned forensic psychologist, along with Aasif Mandvi, Mike Colter, and Michael Emmerson.
“FBI: Most Wanted” is yet another potential franchise for the ubiquitous Dick Wolf, who will serve as both executive producer and writer with Rene Balcer. Julian McMahon and Alana de la Garza will star in the series, which will revolve around their work as members of the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force as they attempt to capture members of the Bureau’s Most Wanted list.
“All Rise” is the latest offering from Greg Spottiswood of “Frontier.” According to its official description, it is a drama “that follows the dedicated, chaotic, hopeful, and sometimes absurd lives of judges, prosecutors, and public defenders as they work with bailiffs, clerks and cops to get justice for the people of Los Angeles amidst a flawed legal system.” It will feature stars Simone Missick and Wilson Bethel.
Comedy “Bob Hearts Abishola” will serve as something of a replacement for “The Big Bang Theory” for creator Chuck Lorre, with it joining his others series’ “Mom” and “Young Sheldon.” Both series have been renewed for additional seasons. “Bob Hearts Abishola” will star Billy Gardell and Folake Olowofoyeku as the titular characters; Gardell will play a businessman who falls for his nurse, a Nigerian immigrant, while she cares for him in the wake of his recent heart attack.
“Broke” is yet another series with an incredible pedigree, coming from Jennie Snyder Urman of “Jane the Virgin” and “Will & Grace” writer Alex Herschlag. The story features “an outrageously wealthy trust fund baby” who is cut off by his father, forcing he and his wife to move into her estranged sister’s home, where the two will have to reconnect and make amends. Jaime Camil of “Jane the Virgin” and Pauly Perrette of “NCIS” will star.
“Carol’s Second Act” will put Patricia Heaton of “The Middle” and “Everybody Loves Raymond” into yet another starring role, this time from “Trophy Wife” creators Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins. As for the subject matter of the show, its official description reads: “after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, Carol Chambers embarks on a unique second act: pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor.” The series will also feature Kyle MacLachlan and Ito Aghayere.
The last of the seven is “The Unicorn,” a single cam series about a widower moving on from the most difficult year of his life as he raises his two daughters and returns to dating, where “to his shock, he’s a hot commodity.” Walton Goggins, Rob Corrdry, and Michaela Watkins will star.
Though this will not be the final round of orders, it’s certainly an impressive start.