12:02pm PT by Rick Porter
CBS' 'Equalizer' Reboot Lands Post-Super Bowl Premiere
CBS will give its reboot of The Equalizer the biggest possible lead-in for its series premiere.
The drama starring Queen Latifah will premiere after the Super Bowl on Feb. 7, then settle into its regular 8 p.m. Sunday home the following week. The network will also give a post-NFL showcase to third-year drama FBI following the AFC Championship game on Jan. 24. The Late Show With Stephen Colbert will also air on Super Bowl Sunday, while The Late Late Show with James Corden will air after FBI and local news the night of the AFC title game.
"The Super Bowl and the AFC Championship Game in primetime is the ultimate combination to promote and showcase an episode of a highly anticipated new series, a rising procedural drama and our acclaimed late night franchises," said CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl. "With these games and the Grammys [on Jan. 31], CBS will have the biggest audience events on television for three consecutive weeks in early 2021. I can't think of a better way to start the new year or a better promotional environment for our midseason schedule."
The Equalizer will mark the second consecutive time CBS has used its post-Super Bowl slot for a series premiere. In 2019, the network debuted talent competition The World's Best after the game. The premiere drew 22.2 million viewers but quickly fizzled after that and was canceled after a single season.
The Equalizer is based on CBS' 1985-89 series that starred Edward Woodward (Denzel Washington starred in two movies based on the show in 2014 and 2018). Queen Latfiah plays Robyn McCall, a woman with a mysterious background and extensive skillset who helps people who have nowhere else to turn. Chris Noth, Lorraine Toussaint, Tory Kittles, Adam Goldberg, Liza Lapira and Laya DeLeon Hayes also star.
Former Castle executive producers Andrew Marlowe and Terri Miller exec produce with Dana Owens (Queen Latifah), John Davis, John Fox, Debra Martin Chase, Richard Lindheim (co-creator of the original series) and Shakim Compere executive produce. Liz Friedlander directed and executive produced the pilot.