In one fell swoop, CBS has just handed out series orders for 4 new hour-long dramas and 1 half-hour comedy series, all of which are set to make their premieres in the 2018-19 TV season.
First up was the long-awaited reboot of “Magnum P.I.” based on the beloved Tom Selleck-led series from the 1980s. This time, however, “Suicide Squad” star Jay Hernandez (pictured above) will be taking on the lead role of Thomas Magnum. The character is an ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home to Hawaii from Afghanistan, decides to use his military skills to become a private investigator. In addition to Hernandez, the series will also star Perdita Weeks, Zachary Knighton and Stephen Hill. It will be written and executive produced by Peter Lenkov (“Hawaii Five-0,” “MacGyver”).
Next up is “God Friended Me,” a lighthearted series from Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt about an outspoken atheist who finds his life turned upside down after he receives a friend request from God. And without even realizing it, he quickly finds himself becoming an agent of change in the lives of those around him. The series stars Brandon Micheal Hall, along with Violett Beane, Suraj Sharma, Javicia Leslie, and Joe Morton.
Coming from a teleplay by Craig Sweeny, the third pickup was “The Code” a series about some of the military’s brightest minds as they take on tough challenges inside the courtroom and out of it, as they are trained to become a prosecutor, a defense lawyer, an investigator, and even a Marine. The show’s ensemble includes Anna Wood, Raffi Barsoumian, Ato Essandoh, Phillipa Soo.
The fourth and last of the drama pickups was “The Red Line.” Coming from Caitlin Parrish and Erica Weiss, the series takes place after a white cop in Chicago mistakenly shoots and kills a black doctor, and will focus on the lives of three different families, all of whom are connected to the case in some way. It will star Noah Wyle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Aliyah Royale, Noel Fisher, Michael Patrick Thornton, and more.
The comedy ordered Friday is “Fam,” starring former “Vampire Diaries” star Nina Dobrev. The series, a multi-cam comedy, will focus on how one woman’s dreams of her perfect life are dashed when her younger half-sister — a total train wreck — comes to live with her, hoping to escape their train wreck of a father. Tone Bell, Odessa Adlon, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Sheryl Lee Ralph are all set to star in the series alongside Dobrev, with Corinne Kingsbury serving as writer and executive producer.
With these five pickups, CBS’ lineup of new shows for the 2018-19 has now reached a total of 9nineso far, following the previous pickups of comedies “Welcome to the Neighborhood,” an the untitled Damon Wayans Jr. project, a revival of “Murphy Brown” and drama “FBI.”