‘Training Day’, ‘Bull’, ‘MacGyver’, ‘The Great Indoors’, Matt LeBlanc Comedy & Jason Katims Drama Picked Up By CBS

CBS has given series orders to dramas Training Day, a sequel to the movie; the Dr. Phil-inspired Bull, starring NCIS‘ Michael Weatherly, Jason KatimsPure Genius (fka Bunker Hill) and MacGyver, a reboot of the classic series. On the comedy side, the network has picked up the Matt LeBlanc starrer, now titled Man with a Plan and workplace half-hour The Great Indoors starring Joel McHale. Both are multi-camera as is the newly picked up Kevin James comedy Kevin Can Wait, meaning that renewed Life In Pieces will be the only single-camera comedy series on CBS next season.

Rumor is that CBS may not be done with pickups, and there could be  a possible nod to one of Joan Rater and Tony Phelan’s early favorites Doubt or Drew. With its choices, CBS is relying heavily on known titles (Training Day, MacGyver) and proven TV stars (Michael Weatherly, Kevin James, Matt LeBlanc, Joel McHale).

I hear MacGyver will undergo retooling with all actors except star Lucas Till and co-star George Eads recast. The project faced numerous challenges, including multiple writer and director changes. (the final pilot script was written by Paul Downs Colaizzo and Brett Mahoney, with David Von Ancken stepping in for James Wan to direct). Colazzo and Mahoney will no longer be involved, with Hawaii Five-0 co-creator/exec producer Peter Lenkov coming on board as showrunner. Still, CBS brass continued to like the title, leading to the pickup, likely for midseason.

Michael Weatherly will make a seamless transition, hanging up his NCIS badge in the finale next Tuesdncis-michael-weatherlyay night before attending the CBS upfront presentation as the star of Bull — playing a character inspired by Dr. Phil — a few hours later.

Training Day, from Warner Bros. TV, is the only new CBS series not owned or co-owned by the network. WBTV has been on a roll with its movie titles this season, landing series pickups for all — Training Day, Lethal Weapon at Fox and Frequency at the CW. Its current CBS series Rush Hour is not likely to come back.

Medical drama Pure Genius, from Universal TV and CBS TV Studios, emerged as a favorite after strong testing, with the network’s freshman medical drama Code Black also looking hopeful for renewal.

Matt LeBlancLike the Kevin James comedy, the Matt LeBlanc sitcom, written on spec by Jeff & Jackie Filgo, was fronted by a big star and backed by a big penalty, making it a favorite. Its table read was attended by CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves.

Outside of the James and LeBlanc projects, The Great Indoors was the multi-camera pilot garnering the strongest buzz the last few weeks.

Here are details about CBS’ newly picked up series:


EPs: Jerry Bruckheimer, Antoine Fuqua, Jonathan Littman , Will Beall, Barry Schindel
EP/Director: Danny Cannon
Studio: Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Fuqua Films in association with Warner Bros. Television
Based on the feature film from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures
Logline: A crime thriller that begins 15 years after the events of the feature film left, about an idealistic young police officer (Justin Cornwell) who is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous detective (Bill Paxton).
Cast: Bill Paxton, Justin Cornwell, Drew Van Acker, Katrina Law, Lex Scott Davis, Julie Benz

EPs: Paul Attanasio, Dr. Phillip C. McGraw (Stage 29 Productions), Steven Spielberg (Amblin Television), Justin Falvey & Darryl Frank (Amblin Television), Jay McGraw (Stage 29 Productions)
EP/Director: Rodrigo Garcia
Studio: CBS Television Studios
Logline: A drama inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw as the founder of one of the most prolific trial consulting firms of all time. Brilliant, brash and charming, Dr. Bull (Michael Weatherly) is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition and high tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick.
Cast: Michael Weatherly as ‘Dr. Jason Bull’, Freddy Rodriguez, Geneva Carr, Chris Jackson, Jaime Lee Kirchner, Annabelle Attanasio

PURE GENIUS (Working Title) (formerly Bunker Hill)
EP: Jason Katims, Michelle Lee
EP/Director: David Semel
Studio: Universal Television in association with CBS Television Studios
Logline: BUNKER HILL follows a young Silicon Valley tech titan (Augustus Prew) who enlists a veteran surgeon with a controversial past in starting a hospital with a cutting edge, “new school” approach to medicine.
Cast: Augustus Prew, Dermot Mulroney, Brenda Song, Reshma Shetty, Ward Horton, Aaron Jennings, Odette Annable

EPs: Peter Lenkov, Henry Winkler, Lee Zlotoff, James Wan, Michael Clear
EP/Director: David Von Ancken
Studio: CBS Television Studios in association with Lionsgate
Logline: A reimagining of the television series of the same name, following a 20-something MacGyver as he creates a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening.
Cast: Lucas Till as ‘MacGyver’, George Eads


MAN WITH A PLAN (Formerly Untitled Filgos Project/I’m Not Your Friend)
EPs: Jeff & Jackie Filgo, Matt LeBlanc, Michael Rotenberg,Troy Zien
Director: James Burrows
Studio: CBS Television Studios
Logline: A contractor (Matt LeBlanc) whose wife goes back to work starts spending more time with his kids and discovers the truth every parent eventually realizes: his little angels are maniacs.
Cast: Matt LeBlanc, Jessica Chaffin, Matt Cook, Grace Kaufman, Hala Finley, Matthew McCann

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Eps: Mike Gibbons, Chris Harris
EP/Director: Andy Ackerman
Studio: CBS Television Studios
Logline: An adventure reporter (Joel McHale) must adapt to the times when he becomes the boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the magazine.
Cast: Joel McHale, Stephen Fry, Chris Williams, Shaun Brown, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Christine Ko, Susannah Fielding


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