TV upfronts are upon us, and that means some major shakeups in your weekly TV-watching schedule. So far there have been cancellations a’plenty with ABC and NBC, in particular, cleaning house to make room for their new lineups. Meanwhile, CBS finally pulled the plug on their CSI franchise by axing the last holdout, CSI: Cyber, and sent Supergirl packing to their sister network The CW. They also picked up a string of new shows, most notably the reboot/sequel series Training Day and MacGyver.
Based on Antoine Fuqua’s Oscar-winning film of the same name, Training Day is a sequel series that picks up 15 years after the events of the film, finding another wide-eyed young LAPD officer (Justin Cornwell) partnered with a morally questionable veteran (Bill Paxton). Fuqua returns as Executive Producer alongside Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Will Beall and Barry Shindel with Drew Van Acker, Katrina Law, Lex Scott Davis, and Julie Benz also set to star.
Here’s the 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).
Meanwhile, the MacGyver reboot is also a go, though reports indicate the network intends to retool the project yet again. James Wan, who was previously attached to direct a film adaptation, serves as EP alongside Peter Lenkov, Henry Winkler, Lee Zlotoff, and Michael Clear. X-Men: Apocalypse star Lucas Till is set to headline the show as the ingenious titular problem-solver with George Eads on board to co-star. Deadline reports that the pilot faced some problems, with David Von Ancken stepping in for Wan to direct, and will see all roles but Till and Eads recast.
Here’s the 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.
CBS also stayed in the Michael Weatherly business, picking up the NCIS star’s psychological drama Bull, which follows Weatherly’s Dr. Phil inspired character, who is described as: “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.”
They’ve also picked up the high-testing medical drama Pure Genius from The Path producers Jason Katims and Michelle Lee, which is set to star Augustus Prew, Dermot Mulroney, Brenda Song, Reshma Shetty, Ward Horton, Aaron Jennings, and Odette Annable in a story about “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.”
On the comedy front, CBS has ordered two new multi-camera series. The first, Man With a Plan was a spec sitcom written by That 70s Show‘s Jeff and Jackie Filgo and fronted by star Matt LeBlanc, who also produces. The series will follow LeBlanc as a father who discovers “his little angels are maniacs” when his wife’s return to the workforce prompts him to spend more time with his kids. Jessica Chaffin, Matt Cook, Grace Kaufman, Hala Finley, and Matthew McCann also star.
Finally, at least for now (CBS upfronts are on Wednesday, and there could be more to come), Joel McHale will headline the workplace comedy The Great Indoors, as a reporter who has to get with the times when he “becomes the boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of a magazine.” Stephen Fry, Chris Williams, Shaun Brown, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Christine Ko, and Susannah Fielding co-star.
Stay tuned for more as upfronts continue!