'Psych' Creator Set as 'Rush Hour' Showrunner for CBS

Steve Franks will oversee the freshman drama and work alongside Bill Lawrence.
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Steve Franks is headed to Rush Hour.

The Psych creator has been tapped to serve as showrunner on CBS' TV adaption of the movie franchise, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Rush Hour, produced by Warner Bros. Television, is based on the New Line feature film trilogy of the same name. The series revolves around a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer (Jon Foo) who is assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he's forced to work with a cocky African-American LAPD officer (Justin Hires21 Jump Street) who has no interest in a partner.

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Franks will oversee the midseason drama and executive produce alongside Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick (Cougar Town), who penned the pilot. Exec producers include Doozer's Jeff Ingold and the film's Brett RatnerArthur Sarkissian and Jon Turteltaub, the latter of whom who directed the pilot. 

Franks most recently penned Fox's Rivers Cuomo semi-autobiographical single-camera comedy Detour, which did not move forward at the network. Rush Hour marks his follow-up since USA Network's Psych ended its 122-episode run last year after taking home the People's Choice Award for favorite cable TV comedy.

Franks' addition to Rush Hour comes as Lawrence will also be juggling the third season of NBC's Undateable, which is moving to fall for the first time with an all-live format.

Franks is repped by ICM Partners, Thruline Entertainment and Sloane Offer.

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