CBS Orders 'Rush Hour' From HUMANITAS Trustee Bill Lawrence
CBS sprung into upfront action today, picking up four new dramas, Limitless, Rush Hour, Code Black and the Criminal Minds spinoff — now officially titled Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders — and two comedies, the single-camera Life In Pieces, starring James Brolin and Colin Hanks, and Angel From Hell, headlined by Jane Lynch and Maggie Lawson.
There was no Beverly Hills Cop redo with Rush Hour this year as some dreaded early on, referring to the CBS’ high-profile 2013 pilot based on the hit Eddie Murphy feature cop comedy franchise with an up-and-coming actor in the lead, which shockingly got a pass. Despite early bumps, including a very long casting process for the two young leads, and mixed early feedback, the Rush Hour pilot, written by Bill Lawrence & Blake McCormick and directed by Jon Turteltaub, steadily gained momentum to solidify its chances. The Rush Hour pickup means that both of Warner Bros. TV’s big titles at CBS went to series, with Supergirl getting an early nod on Wednesday. That brings the CBS new drama series orders to 5.