CBS Orders ‘Rush Hour’ Pilot, Two More Comedies
Although CBS has previously attempted to get a sitcom based on a popular action comedy off the ground, plans ultimately fell through for Beverly Hills Cop. But perhaps the same won’t happen for the next big CBS action-comedy movie adaptation.
The network has ordered a drama pilot based on the Rush Hour franchise that starred Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. The pilot is written by Scrubs and Cougar Town vet Bill Lawrence and co-writer Blake McCormick. Producer Arthur Sarkissian and Rush Hour director Brett Ratner will executive produce alongside Lawrence, McCormick and Jeff Ingold of Lawrence’s Doozer Productions. The pilot will retain the film’s premise of a Hong Kong cop sent “to work a case in Los Angeles with a cocky local cop who has no interest in a partner.” No casting news has been announced, however.
Yet this isn’t the only pilot CBS has picked up for a possible series order next season. Although they failed to pick up his Super Clyde pilot in 2013, the network is giving Greg Garcia’s single-camera sitcom a second chance. The original 2013 pilot starred Harry Potter alum Rupert Grint in the lead role, and the pilot drew solid reviews when CBS released it online after passing on it. I doubt they’ll be able to get Grint back, but I did enjoy the pilot in its original incarnation, so at least they’re working from a strong foundation. Perhaps they can fix whatever it is CBS didn’t like about the first pilot.
Also on the docket is the comedy Joe Time, a multicamera sitcom centered on “a family man who is frustrated that everyone around him enjoys life more than he does.” The premise sounds obnoxiously vague, which leads me to believe that they’re going to need a big name to anchor it if it’s going to have any shot at a series order. I suppose we’ll find out in a few months which of these shows, if any of them, we’ll see on CBS next season.