8:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Chuck Lorre's 'United States of Al' Scores CBS Series Pickup
Chuck Lorre is adding another series to his roster.
CBS has handed out a series order to comedy United States of Al, which is exec produced by the Big Bang Theory co-creator. An episode count has not yet been determined for the multicamera comedy, which is slated to debut sometime during the 2020-21 broadcast season.
From Big Bang Theory duo Dave Goetsch and Maria Ferrari, the series revolves around Riley (Parker Young, Enlisted), a Marine combat veteran struggling to readjust to civilian life in Ohio, and "Al" Awalmir (Adhir Kalyan, Rules of Engagement), the interpreter who served with his unit in Afghanistan and has just arrived to start a new life in America.
With the series pickup, Lorre will now have five shows on CBS and six overall. United States of Al joins Lorre's Young Sheldon, Mom, Bob Hearts Abishola and fellow rookie B Positive on CBS' schedule. Lorre also created Netflix's The Kominsky Method, which will return for its third and final season next year. All of Lorre's series are produced by Warner Bros. TV, the studio where the prolific producer behind Two and a Half Men has a long-standing overall deal.
“Once again, Chuck, his talented writing team of Maria and David, and an amazing cast brings us a heartfelt and touching comedy that honestly and respectfully reflects the experiences and challenges our veterans deal with upon returning home, and the deep bonds they develop with those serving alongside them,” said Thom Sherman, senior exec vp programming at CBS. “In addition, The United States of Al holds up a mirror to ourselves in a unique way by taking a look at American culture through the eyes of an immigrant who is experiencing it all for the very first time."
United States of Al is the fourth new series picked up from CBS' 2020 pilot slate and joins dramas Clarice and The Equalizer as well as Lorre's B Positive. In addition to Kalyan and Young, the cast includes Kelli Goss, Dean Norris and Elizabeth Alderfer. Goetsch, Ferrari, Lorre, Reza Aslan, Mahyad Tousi and Mark Cendrowski exec produce the series. Cendrowski, the Emmy-nominated director of The Big Bang Theory, helmed the pilot.
The news was announced Wednesday, timed to Veterans Day.