CBS has greenlit its first new series for 2018-19 — two comedies and one drama.
The two comedies are “Welcome to the Neighborhood,” about the “nicest guy in the Midwest” who moves his family to a rough neighborhood in Los Angeles, and an untitled show starring Damon Wayans Jr. The network has also formally given the go-ahead to “FBI,” a drama that got a straight-to-series order during development season.
“Welcome to the Neighborhood” stars Josh Lawson (“Superstore,” “House of Lies”) as the above-described nice guy. His new neighbors are not used to his super-friendly ways. The cast also includes Cedric the Entertainer, Dreama Walker, Tichina Arnold, Sheaun McKinney, Marcel Spears and Hank Greenspan.
“Big Bang Theory” veteran Jim Reynolds created the series, and James Burrows directed the pilot.
The Damon Wayans Jr. show is inspired by executive producer Ben Winston (“The Late Late Show”), who for a time had pop star Harry Styles as a housemate while One Direction was rising to fame. Styles wasn’t involved in the pilot process but is now attached as an EP.
The show will center on a married couple played by Wayans and Amber Stevens West (“The Carmichael Show”), who “reconnect with their younger, cooler selves” when a young pop star (Australian actor Felix Mallard) moves in with them. Chris Parnell also stars.
Austen Earl (“9JKL”) and Tim McAuliffe (“The Last Man on Earth”) created the show and executive produce with Winston, pilot director Phill Lewis, Michael Rotenberg and Jonathan Barry.
“FBI” comes from “Law & Order” producer Dick Wolf and writer Craig Turk (“The Good Wife”) and follows agents in the bureau’s New York office. It stars Jeremy Sisto, Missy Peregrym, Zeeko Zaki, Connie Nielsen and Ebonee Noel.
You can go here to see descriptions of every new network series ordered thus far.