'Cagney and Lacey,' 'Magnum P.I.' Reboots Among 6 CBS Pilot Orders

The network added three dramas and three comedies to its haul for the 2018-19 pilot season.
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'Cagney and Lacey' (left); 'Magnum P.I.'

CBS has reboot fever.

The network, which gave a straight-to-series order this week to a Murphy Brown revival, has picked up six pilots — including reboots of Cagney and Lacey and Magnum P.I.

On the drama side, ordered to pilot are Chiefs, a female-driven procedural from CSI grad Carol Mendelsohn; Cagney and Lacey, from Bridget Carpenter (11.22.63, Westworld, Friday Night Lights); and Peter Lenkov's (Hawaii Five-0, Macgyver) take on Magnum P.I. On the comedy front, CBS ordered three multicams: Fam, Here Comes the Neighborhood and Indian family comedy Pandas in New York. (Two of the half-hours are produced by Aaron Kaplan, who has a joint venture with CBS.) The orders bring CBS' pilot crop for the 2018-19 season to 11 (off from 16 a year ago).

Here's a closer look at all six of Friday's orders:

Cagney and Lacey is being written by Carpenter and described as a reboot of the iconic series about two female police detectives and friends who keep the streets of Los Angeles safe. The original series, which aired on CBS for seven seasons in the 1980s, starred Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless and was produced by MGM. The reboot is a co-production with CBS Television Studios and MGM Television. Cagney and Lacey continues CBS' big push for female characters and writers this season under new network leaders Kelly Kahl and Thom Sherman.

Magnum P.I., which was put into development in October, is from Hawaii Five-0 duo Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim, who will pen the script and executive produce alongside Davis Entertainment's John Davis and John Fox (The Blacklist). It is described as an update of the classic TV series and is set in Hawaii. It follows Thomas Magnum, a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. The pilot is co-produced by CBS Television Studios — where Lenkov is based — and Universal Television, with the latter having produced the original show.

The news comes as CBS and CBS Television Studios are also home to original Magnum P.I. star Tom Selleck, who stars in the Friday-night staple Blue Bloods. The actor is not attached to the Magnum P.I. reboot, though given his connection to the network, it's not hard to see a cameo should the project move forward. (ABC tried its hand at a Magnum P.I. reboot last year, with the Disney-owned network's version serving as more of a sequel and revolving around Magnum's daughter. Eva Longoria and John Rogers produced the Universal Television entry.) Originally created by Donald P. Bellisario and Glen A. Larson, Magnum P.I. launched in 1980 and ran for eight seasons on CBS.

Drama Chiefs is written by David Hudgins (Friday Night Lights) and produced by Mendelsohn and her production company topper Julie Weitz. It revolves around the professional and personal lives of three driven, successful, but very different women who are each chiefs of police of their own precincts in Los Angeles County. The drama is a co-production between Sony Pictures Television Studios — where Mendelsohn is based — and CBS Television Studios.

On the comedy front, Fam is written by Corinne Kingsbury (The Newsroom) and revolves around a woman whose dreams of an upstanding life with her new fiancé and his upstanding family are dashed when her younger trainwreck half-sister comes to live with her to escape their trainwreck of a father. David Rosenthal, Kaplan, Dana Honor and Wendi Trilling exec produce for CBS Television Studios and Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment.

Here Comes the Neighborhood is from Jim Reynolds (The Big Bang Theory) and reunites the writer with 9JKL producers Kaplan, Honor and Trilling. The CBS Television Studios-produced comedy centers on the nicest guy in the Midwest, who moves his family into a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles, where not everyone appreciates his extreme neighborliness.

Rounding out Friday's orders is Pandas in New York, from The Carmichael Show writer Ajay Sahgal. The comedy centers on 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 has made plans of his own.

Reboots and revivals continue to be all the rage on the broadcast side this pilot season. Also in the works this year are Get Christie Love and The Greatest American Hero at ABC; Murphy Brown at CBS; a Bad Boys spinoff at NBC; and a Charmed reboot at The CW. Broadcast, cable and streaming outlets continue to lean heavily on familiar titles in a bid to cut through a cluttered scripted landscape that is expected to top 500 originals this year. Key to those reboots is having the original producers or studio attached, with the latter being the case for Magnum P.I. and Cagney and Lacey.

Keep up with all the latest pilot orders, castings and eventual series pickups with THR's handy guide