Friday, May 13, 2016

CBS Gives Series Orders to 'Bull,' 'The Great Indoors,' 'MacGyver,' 'Man With a Plan,' 'Pure Genius' & 'Training Day'

CBS is the latest broadcast network to make its pilot pickup decisions. Today, the network has given series orders to comedies Man With a Plan and The Great Indoors as well as dramas Bull, MacGyver, Pure Genius and Training Day.

BULL - Based on Dr. Phil McGraw's early career, the drama follows a man (Michael Weatherly, NCIS) who works as the head of one of the most prolific trial consulting services of all time.

The drama also stars Freddy Rodriguez, Geneva Carr, Jaime Lee Kirchner and Christopher Jackson.

McGraw and Paul Attanasio wrote the pilot. They executive produce with Jay McGraw, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. CBS Television Studios, Amblin Television and Stage 29 Productions produce.

THE GREAT INDOORS - An adventure reporter (Joel McHale, Community) must adapt to the times when he becomes the boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the magazine.

The comedy also stars Stephen Fry, Chris Williams, Shaun Brown, Christine Ko, Susannah Fielding and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

Mike Gibbons wrote the pilot, which was directed by Andy Ackerman. Gibbons executive produces with showrunner Chris Harris. CBS Television Studios produces.

MACGYVER - A re-imagining of the television series of the same name, the new series follows a 20-something MacGyver (Lucas Till, X-Men: Apocalypse) gets recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening.

The project has encountered many difficulties throughout the pilot process. It was picked up to pilot without a script after Paul Downs Colaizzo had replaced R. Scott Gemmill. And now, that script may be scrapped as well because Peter Lenkov has boarded the series as an executive producer. There will also be changes to the cast before the series premieres. It's looking like Till and George Eads are the only stars from the original pilot who will continue. The remaining ensemble included Joshua Boone, Addison Timlin and Michelle Krusiec.

Also serving as executive producers are James Wan, Henry Winkler and Michael Clear. David Von Ancken directed the original pilot. CBS Television Studios produces.

MAN WITH A PLAN - The multi-camera comedy (formerly I'm Not Your Friend) centers on a contractor (Matt LeBlanc, Friends) who learns that raising his kids is more challenging than expected when his wife goes back to work.

Matt Cook, Grace Kaufman, Jessica Chaffin and Diana Maria Riva co-star on the comedy. The Office's Jenna Fischer was originally slated to play the female lead, but is leaving the project as creative changes are happening with the character.

Jeff and Jackie Filgo wrote the pilot, which was directed by James Burrows. They all executive produce with LeBlanc and Michael Rotenberg. CBS Television Studios and 3 Arts Entertainment produce.

PURE GENIUS - The drama (formerly Bunker Hill) follows a young Silicon Valley tech titan (Augustus Prew, Prison Break) enlists a veteran surgeon (Dermot Mulroney, Shameless) with a controversial past in starting a hospital with a cutting edge, "new school" approach to medicine.

The drama also stars Odette Annable, Brenda Song, Reshma Shetty, Ward Horton and Aaron Jennings.

Jason Katims wrote the pilot, which was directed by David Semel. They executive produce with Michelle Lee. CBS Television Studios, Universal Television and True Jack Productions produce.

TRAINING DAY - A re-imagining of the 2001 film of the same year. An idealistic young African-American police officer (Justin Cornwell) is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous Caucasian detective (Bill Paxton, Big Love).

The cast also includes Katrina Law, Drew Van Acker, Lex Scott Davis and Julie Benz.

Will Beall wrote the pilot, which was directed by Danny Cannon. They executive produce with Barry Schindel, Antoine Fuqua, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed. Warner Bros. Television, Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Fuqua Films produce.