CBS Picks Up Rush Hour & Limitless TV Series
In 2013, CBS teased the idea of bringing Beverly Hills Cop to TV and ordered a pilot episode that featured Eddie Murphy reprising his role from the films as a one-off guest appearance. Then CBS shocked the industry by passing on the Beverly Hills Cop pilot.
Today, CBS revisited that territory but came to a different conclusion. Series adaptations for both Rush Hour and Limitless were confirmed for next season alongside the medical drama Code Black and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.
The Rush Hour TV series will maintain the premise of the first feature film in which a Hong Kong police detective finds himself in Los Angeles and paired up with an extremely arrogant American police detective. Justin Hires and Jon Foo will take over the roles that were originated by Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, with Aimee Garcia and Wendie Malick set to co-star on the show.
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Limitless is based on the 2011 feature film in which Bradley Cooper played Brian Finch, a man who used an experimental drug to enhance his mental abilities and get everything that he ever wanted. Cooper is executive producing the TV series, but Jake McDorman is taking over the role of Brian Finch, with Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) as the female lead.
Because this is CBS, a crime fighting angle was added to the premise of Limitless. “The series follows Brian Finch as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug NZT, and is coerced into using his newfound drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI.”
CBS also signalled the end of its storied CSI franchise after 15 seasons, although the network is reportedly considering a CSI TV movie to wrap up the series or a shortened 16th and final season.
The final schedule for CBS’ fall lineup will be announced later this month.