CBS Picks Up 7 New Series Including Chuck Lorre Comedy, ‘FBI’ Spinoff

“Good Wife” duo Robert and Michelle King’s drama “Evil” also among new series orders

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CBS has ordered seven pilots to series for the 2019-20 season ahead of its upfront presentation to advertisers next week. The seven series are made up of four comedies and three dramas.

Among the comedies ordered at the broadcast network are Chuck Lorre’s “Bob Hearts Abishola,” Patricia Heaton’s “Carol’s Second Act” and “Broke” from “Jane the Virgin” creator Jennie Snyder Urman. The Peyton Reed-produced “The Unicorn” with Walton Goggins and Rob Corddry was also picked up.

Heaton starred on CBS’ “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Broke” will see “NCIS” star Pauley Perrette return to the network. The pickups will maintain Lorre’s — who already has “Mom” and “Young Sheldon” coming back next season — strong relationship with the network, after “The Big Bang Theory” says farewell next week.

The dramas include Wolf’s “FBI” spinoff, “Most Wanted” and “Good Wife” duo Robert and Michelle King’s religion-themed “Evil.” CBS also picked up the legal drama “All Rise” from Greg Spottiswood, Len Goldstein and Mike Robin.

All but Lorre’s “Bob Hearts Abishola” and Wolf’s “FBI: Most Wanted” are set up CBS TV Studios, either wholly or as a co-production. Lorre has an overall deal with Warner Bros, while Wolf is with Universal Television.

The new shows join 18 returning series for CBS, including the six that the network renewed earlier on Thursday.

See the descriptions for the new CBS series below and check out TheWrap’s list of all the broadcast TV shows that have been renewed, canceled and ordered here.


Writer(s): Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, Al Higgins, Gina Yashere
Studio: Warner Bros. Television
Logline: After having a heart attack, a man falls in love with his Nigerian nurse and sets his sights on getting her to give him a chance. (Multi-camera)
Cast: Billy Gardell, Folake Olowofoyeku, Christine Ebersole, Matt Jones, Maribeth Monroe, Shola Adewusi, Barry Shabaka Henley, Travis Wolfe, Jr.

Writer(s): Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins
Producer(s): Patricia Heaton, Adam Griffin, David Hunt, Rebecca Stay, Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor
Director: Pam Fryman
Studio: CBS Television Studios
Logline: After raising her two children and retiring from teaching, Carol Chambers embarks on a unique second act: she’s going to become a doctor. (Multi-camera)
Cast: Patricia Heaton, Kyle MacLachlan, Sabrina Jalees, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Ito Aghayere, Bonnie Dennison

Writer(s): Alex Herschlag
Producer(s): Jennie Snyder Urman, Joanna Klein, Ben Silverman, Guillermo Restrepo, Gonzalo Cilley and Maria Lucia Hernandez Frieri, Jaime Camil
Studio:: CBS Television Studios
Logline: When an outrageously wealthy trust fund baby is cut off by his father, he and his wife move into her estranged sister’s Reseda condo, forcing the two siblings to reconnect. (Multi-camera)
Cast: Jaime Camil, Pauley Perrette, Natasha Leggero, Izzy Diaz, Antonio Corbo

Writer(s): Bill Martin, Mike Schiff
Producer(s): Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor, Wendi Trilling, Peyton Reed
Studio: CBS Television Studios
Logline: A widower is eager to move on from the most difficult year of his life, only to realize he’s utterly unprepared to raise his two daughters on his own, and equally unprepared for the dating world where, to his shock, he’s suddenly a hot commodity. (Multi-camera)
Cast: Walton Goggins, Rob Corddry, Michaela Watkins, Omar Benson Miller, Maya Lynne Robinson, Ruby Jay, Makenzie Moss


Writer(s): Robert King & Michelle King
Producer(s): Liz Glotzer
Director: Robert King
Studio: CBS Television Studios
Logline: A series about the battle between science and religion, EVIL focuses on a skeptical female clinical psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a blue-collar contractor as they investigate supposed miracles, demonic possessions, and other extraordinary occurrences to see if there’s a scientific explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work.
Cast: Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, Aasif Mandvi, Michael Emerson, Brooklyn Shuck, Skylar Gray, Maddy Crocco, Dalya Knapp

Writer(s): Dick Wolf, Rene Balcer
Producer(s): Dick Wolf, Rene Balcer, Arthur W. Forney, Peter Jankowski
Director: Fred Berner
Studio: Universal Television and CBS Television Studios
Logline: Series centered on the Fugitive Task Force of the FBI that tracks and captures the notorious criminals on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.
Cast: Julian McMahon, Alana de la Garza, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Kellan Lutz, Roxy Sternberg, Nathaniel Arcand

Writer(s): Greg Spottiswood
Producer(s): Greg Spottiswood, Len Goldstein, Mike Robin
Director: Mike Robin
Studio: Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios
Logline: 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.
Cast: Simone Missick, Wilson Bethel, Jessica Camacho, Marg Helgenberger, J. Alex Brinson, Lindsay Mendez, Ruthie Ann Miles