CBS has ordered three of its five drama pilots to series, Max Theriot’s Fire Country (fka Cal Fire); East New York, headlined by Amanda Warren and Jimmy Smuts; and So Help Me Todd (fka untitled mother and son legal drama), starring Marcia Gay Harden and Skylar Astin. CBS isn’t commenting further, but I’ve heard all three series are about to drop.
True Lies, which was ordere as an off-cycle pilot. was also rumore to have a series order. Possibly for midseason. I’ve heard that talks are on between CBS and 20th Television. And the project is still very much alive.
CBS’s All Comedy Pilots
Not moving forward is the remainder of CBS’s drama pilot, Early Edition, a reimagining of the Kyle Chandler series, which was cooling off. As well as all of CBS’s comedy pilots/productions. The network optioned all presentation orders for comedy projects to its own studio, CBS Studios (The Hug Machine, Somber Companion, Unplanned in Akron) this year, while an outside studio called for a comedy from Warner Bros. TV’s Rust Bell News. Was. A perfect pilot.
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I’ve heard that CBS executives were overjoyed with their crop of drama pilots this season, considered their strongest in years, while the bunch of comedy pilots didn’t make any standouts.
Comedy Series with CBS
With CBS also canceling three current comedy series — United States of Al, Be Positive, and How We Roll — the network will have the shortest half-hour series on the schedule in no time. CBS reduced its two-hour Monday comedy block to one hour five years ago. Most recently, The Neighborhood and Bob Harts joined Abiola. CBS may now do the same with Thursday’s two-hour block.
I’ve heard that So Help Me Todd, which has comedic overtones, may join the lineup behind the 8 p.m. comedy block. The Joe flagship is anchored by Young Sheldon and possibly features the breakout hit Ghosts.
2022 CBS Pilot and Series Orders
So Help Me Todd has one of the Cinderella stories of the 2022 broadcast season. In a major setback when the female lead was rebuilt, when Marcia Gay Harden replaced Geena Davis opposite Skylar Astin, the pilot hung in the middle of the pack and made a big end with strong test results, I heard.
east new york
ep/w: William Finkelstein, Mike Flynn;
EP/D: Michael M. Robin (Skymac Productions)
EPs: Christine Holder, Mark Holder (Wonder Street)
Co-EP: Andrew Maher (SkyMac)
Studio: Warner Bros. Television
Logline: Regina Heywood is the newly promote sub-inspector of East New York, a working-class neighborhood on the edge of Brooklyn. She leads a diverse group of officers and spies, some of whom are reluctant to apply their creative methods of service and security amidst the early seeds of social upheaval and gentrification.