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CBS Orders 3 Drama Pilots Including "Magnum P.I" & "Cagney and Lacey" Reboots, and 3 Multi-Cam Comedy Pilots



Co-written by Lenkov and fellow Hawaii Five-0 executive producer/co-showrunner Eric Guggenheim, Magnum P.I. will feature the same central quartet of characters as the original but, instead of four guys, it will consist of three men and a woman, with Higgins (played by John Hillerman) reconceived as Juliet Higgins. CBS/CBS Studios took a similar approach with Sherlock Holmes’ sidekick Watson on Elementary, who became Joan Watson.

The new 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. With help from fellow vets Theodore “TC” Calvin and Orville “Rick” Wright, as well as that of disavowed former MI:6 agent Juliet Higgins, Magnum takes on the cases no one else will, helping those who have no one else to turn to. Action, adventure and comedy aside, Magnum P.I. will also explore a brotherhood forged by the trauma of combat, what it means to return home an ex-soldier, and a commitment to continuing to serve while in the private sector.

Lenkov and Guggenheim executive produce with John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment. CBS TV Studios co-produces with rights holder Universal TV.

Tom Selleck, who played Magnum P.I. in the original series in one of his signature roles, is on CBS as the star/executive producer of long-running cop family drama Blue Bloods and, as part of that, he has a deal at CBS TV Studios. There were discussions about him getting involved in the reboot. I hear he opted not to get formally on board but gave the project his blessing.

I hear Lenkov originally had the idea for a new take on Magnum P.I., with Davis Entertainment spearheading the effort to bring all parties together. Magnum P.I. falls outside of Davis’ overall deal at Sony Pictures TV Studios.

Cagney and Lacey is a reboot of the iconic 1980s police procedural starring Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless, which ran on CBS for seven seasons. Written and executive produced by Bridget Carpenter, the series will follow two female police detectives and friends who keep the streets of L.A. safe. CBS TV Studios is co-producing with MGM Television.

CBS landed Chiefs, from David Hudgins, Carol Mendelsohn and Sony Pictures TV Studios, in a very competitive situation last summer with a pilot production commitment. Written by Hudgins, Chiefs explores the professional and personal lives of three driven, successful, but very different women who are each Chiefs of Police of their own precincts in L.A. County. They band together to create a task force to catch a dangerous serial killer.

Hudgins is executive producing Chiefs with Carol Mendelsohn Prods.’ Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz. Sony Pictures TV co-produce with CBS TV Studios.

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CBS has picked up three more multi-camera comedy pilots, Here Comes the Neighborhood, from The Big Bang veteran Jim Reynolds, Fam, from writer Corinne Kingsbury (The Newsroom) and Pandas In New York from writer Ajay Sahgal (The Carmichael Show).

Here Comes the Neighborhood and Fam are from producer Aaron Kaplan. Fam hails from Kapital Entertainment, his joint venture with CBS Corp., which will co-produce with CBS TV Studios. Here Comes the Neighborhood and Pandas in New York are produced by CBS TV Studios.

Written by Reynolds, Here Comes the Neighborhood centers on the nicest guy in the Midwest who moves his family into a tough neighborhood in L.A. where not everyone appreciates his extreme neighborliness. Reynolds executive produces with Kapital’s Kaplan and Dana Honor as well as Kapital-based producer Wendi Trilling via her Trill TV. The trio also executive produce the freshman multi-camera CBS/CBS Studios comedy series 9JKL.

Kingsbury‘s Fam is about a woman’s younger half-sister who comes to live with her and her fiancĂ© to escape their train wreck of a father.
Kingsbury executive produces with David Rosenthal, Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor as well as Wendi Trilling via TrillTV.

Sahgal’s Pandas In New York is about a family of Indian doctors with a successful group practice in New York City who embark on a project to arrange their youngest son’s life, unaware he’s made plans of his own.

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