3:45pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
CBS Orders Cop Comedy 'Brothered Up'
CBS handed out its fifth comedy-pilot order of the season on Friday.
The network has picked up multicamera entry Brothered Up, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The multicamera comedy revolves around an emotionally guarded African-American cop who is partnered with an emotionally available Pakistani cop. Together, they are forced to find a way to connect as they patrol a Detroit neighborhood.
Mark Gross (Man With a Plan, Mike & Molly) will pen the script and executive produce for CBS Television Studios.
Brothered Up comes after CBS faced criticism for its lack of diversity among its new offerings, which included shows toplined by Joel McHale, Matt LeBlanc, Kevin James and Michael Weatherly. In response, CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller stressed that his network had to "do better." The network on Thursday debuted midseason comedy Superior Donuts, starring Jermaine Fowler, and up next has Doubt, featuring broadcast television's first series-regular transgender character played by a transgender actress (Laverne Cox).