CBS just picked up five more pilots to series — one comedy and four dramas. Included in the latest bushel of new 2018-19 shows is the network’s “Magnum P.I.” remake and Ava DuVernay’s “The Red Line,” which stars Noah Wyle.
Greg Berlanti is an executive producer on two of these new series, including DuVernay’s. His other one, “God Friended Me,” is through his own studio.
The final (for now) pair of projects ordered from pilots include multi-camera comedy “Fam,” which stars Nina Dobrev, and Craig Sweeny’s military drama “The Code.”
Here are the available details for each from this batch of new series:
EP/Writer: Corinne Kingsbury
EPs: Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor; Wendi Trilling, Bob Kushell
EP/Director: Scott Ellis (pilot only)
Studio: CBS Television Studios/Kapital Entertainment
Logline: A woman’s dreams of an upstanding life with her new fiancé and his upstanding family are dashed when her younger train wreck half-sister comes to live with her to escape their train wreck of a father.
Cast: Nina Dobrev, Tone Bell, Odessa Adlon, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Sheryl Lee Ralph
“God Friended Me”
EPs/Writers: Steven Lilien & Bryan Wynbrandt
EPs: Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter (Berlanti Productions)
EP/Director: Marcos Siega
Studio: Warner Bros. Television
Logline: Questions of faith, existence and science are explored in this humorous, uplifting series about an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he is “friended” by God on social media. Unwittingly, he becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him.
Cast: Brandon Micheal Hall, Violett Beane, Suraj Sharma, Javicia Leslie, Joe Morton
EPs/Writers: Peter Lenkov, Eric Guggenheim
EPs: John Davis and John Fox (Davis Entertainment); Danielle Woodrow
EP/Director: Justin Lin (Perfect Storm Entertainment)
Studio: CBS Television Studios/Universal Television
Logline: An update of the classic television series set in Hawaii, MAGNUM P.I. follows Thomas Magnum, a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator.
Cast: Jay Hernandez, Perdita Weeks, Zachary Knighton, Stephen Hill
EP/Showrunner: Craig Sweeny
Writers: Teleplay by Craig Sweeny, story by Craig Sweeny and Craig Turk
EPs: Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman
EP/Director: Marc Webb
Studio: CBS Television Studios
Logline: The military’s brightest minds take on our country’s toughest challenges – inside the courtroom and out – where each attorney is trained as a prosecutor, a defense lawyer, an investigator – and a Marine.
Cast: Anna Wood, Ato Essandoh, Phillipa Soo, Raffi Barsoumian
“The Red Line”
Co-Eps/Writers: Caitlin Parrish, Erica Weiss
EPs: Ava DuVernay, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter
Director: Victoria Mahoney
Studio: Warner Bros. Television
Logline: After a white cop in Chicago mistakenly shoots and kills a black doctor, we follow three vastly different families that all have connections with the case as the story is told from each perspective.
Cast: Noah Wyle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Aliyah Royale, Noel Fisher, Michael Patrick Thornton, Vinny Chhibber, Howard Charles, Elizabeth Laidlaw
CBS previously ordered “Murphy Brown,” “Welcome to the Neighborhood,” an Untitled Damon Wayans, Jr. project, and the drama “FBI” to series for the 2018-19 season.