Magnum P.I. was first put into development in October, and is an updated take on the Hawaii-set detective drama made famous by Tom Selleck. The story 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.
Peter Lenkov, who is already behind the network’s reboots of Hawaii Five-0 and more recently, MacGyver, is writing and executive the new Magnum P.I. with Eric Guggenheim. John Davis and John Fox will also serve as EPs.
Cagney and Lacey is a reboot of the classic series and follows two female police detectives and friends, who keep the streets of L.A. safe.
Bridget Carpenter is writing and serving as executive producer.
CBS has also picked up a cop drama without an existing IP attached: CHIEFS, from writer and executive prodcuer David Hudgins.
The series follows 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. Carol Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz also serve as EPs.
Fam comes from writer/executive producer Corinne Kingsbury and follows woman whose dreams of an upstanding life with her new fiancé and his upstanding family are dashed when her younger train wreck half-sister comes to live with her to escape their train wreck of a father.
David Rosenthal; Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor and Wendi Trilling also serve as EPs.
Here Comes the Neighborhood is written and executive produced by Jim Reynolds and follows the “nicest guy in the Midwest,” who moves his family into a tough neighborhood in L.A. where not everyone appreciates his extreme neighborliness.
Kaplan, Honor and Trilling also serve as EPs on this one.
Finally, Pandas in New York follows 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.
It hails from writer/EP Ajay Sahgal.
Linda Ge | TV Editor