CBS bets on “Limitless” and “Rush Hour” TV adaptations, plus family comedies


CBS don’t usually bet on existing properties -except if it’s a spin-off of an already established series- but this year they follow the same trend as the other networks. After Supergirl, here are Rush Hour and Limitless

It was expected since the commitment was a big one: CBS decided to go a little further with Rush Hour,  an adaptation from the comedy movies franchise, ordering a pilot written by Bill Lawrence, creator of Scrubs & Cougar Town, and Black McCormick. The hourlong comedy will also center on a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he’s forced to work with a cocky black LAPD officer who has no interest in a partner. Brett Ratner is producing, with Warner Bros. Television.

The Limitless adaptation was also a safe bet. Of course, star Bradley Cooper won’t be in it but he managed to get an executive producer credit. The sequel also centers on Brian Sinclair, an agent who discovers the power of the mysterious drug NZT and is coerced into using his newfound drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI. CBS officially has a police procedural drama pilot in the can now! This version is written by Craig Sweeny (Medium, Elementary), produced by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, and the original director Neil Burger will helm the pilot.

On the comedy side, CBS ordered a bunch of family comedies centered on strong father figures like Joe Time & The Half Of It, after Taxi-22 and the Untitled Tommy Johnagin project. They also have friends comedy Angel From Hell and Untitled Michael O’Shannon Project and a re-imagined version of 2013 pilot Super Clyde by Greg Garcia. CBS definely wants to try single-camera again…


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