Ahead of its May 13 upfront presentations, CBS has announced a handful of new pickups, including adaptations of “Rush Hour” and “Limitless,” a “Criminal Minds” spinoff and a medical drama based on the documentary “Code Black.”
They’re joined in the lineup by the comedies “Angel From Hell” and “Life in Pieces,” and the previously announced superhero drama “Supergirl.”
Based on the 2011 movie of the same name, “Limitless” follows Brian Sinclar (Jake McDorman), as he discovers the power of the drug NZT, and is coerced into using his newfound abilities to solve cases for the FBI. Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio also star, with The Hollywood Reporter noting a rumor that Bradley Cooper appears in the pilot.
“Rush Hour,” based on the popular comedy-action franchise, centers on a by-the-book Hong Kong cop (Jon Foo) who’s assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he’s forced to work with a cocky LAPD officer (Justin Hires), who doesn’t want a partner.
Positioned earlier this year as a backdoor pilot, the “Criminal Minds” spinoff, “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” follows a division of the FBI that helps Americans who finds themselves in danger abroad. Gary Sinise, Daniel Henney and Tyler James Williams star.
Inspired by the 2014 documentary that views the problems of America’s healthcare system from the perspective of emergency room staffs, “Code Black” stars Marcia Gay Harden, Bonnie Somerville, Raza Jaffrey and Luis Guzman.
Created by Tad Quill (“Samantha Who), “Angel From Hell” stars “Glee” veteran Jane Lynch as Amy, who enters the life of Allison (Maggie Lawson) claiming to be her guardian angel. They strike up an unlikely friendship, although Allison isn’t sure whether Amy is an angel or simply crazy. Kyle Bornheimer and Kevin Pollak co-star.
Hailing from producer Aaron Kaplan and writer Justin Adler (“Better Off Ted”), “Life in Pieces” is a comedy about a family, told through the separate stories of its family (Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Zoe Lister Jones, Colin Hanks, Angelique Cabral, Thomas Sadoski and Betsy Brandt).
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
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