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CBS orders new dramas 'Clarice,' 'The Equalizer' and new comedy 'B Positive' to series for 2020-21 broadcast season

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Wed, May 13th 2020 01:40 pm

3 new series join network’s #1 lineup of 23 returning shows

About the new series:

•“Clarice,” from acclaimed executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, and starring Rebecca Breeds (“Pretty Little Liars”) in the title role, is a deep dive into the untold personal story of brilliant and vulnerable FBI Agent Clarice Starling as she returns to the field in 1993, six months after the events of “The Silence of the Lambs.” Kal Penn, Nick Sandow, Michael Cudlitz, Lucca De Oliveira and Devyn A. Tyler also star.

•“The Equalizer” is a reimagining of the classic series starring Academy Award nominee and multi-hyphenate Queen Latifah (“Chicago,” “Bessie”) as an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. Chris Noth, Lorraine Toussaint, Tory Kittles, Liza Lapira and Laya DeLeon Hayes also star.

•“B Positive” is from award-winning executive producer, writer and creator Chuck Lorre and Marco Pennette, and stars Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”) and Annaleigh Ashford (“Masters of Sex”). The comedy is about a therapist and newly divorced dad who is faced with finding a kidney donor when he runs into a rough-around-the-edges woman from his past who volunteers her own. Together, they form an unlikely bond and begin a journey that will change both of their lives. Kether Donohue, Sara Rue and Kamryn Kunody also star. James Burrows directed the pilot.

Earlier this week, CBS announced the return of 23 series, renewing 80% of its top-rated lineup for the 2020-21 broadcast season. The returning shows include the No. 1 program on television, “NCIS,” for its 18th season; No. 1 comedy “Young Sheldon”; No. 1 new series “FBI: Most Wanted”; No. 1 new comedy “Bob ♥ Abishola”; and the No. 1 news program “60 Minutes.”

The additional renewals are the dramas “All Rise,” “Blue Bloods,” “Bull,” “FBI,” MacGyver,” “Magnum P.I.,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” NCIS: New Orleans,” “S.W.A.T.” and “Seal Team”; comedies “The Neighborhood” and “The Unicorn”; reality series “Undercover Boss”; and the law and justice program “48 Hours.” They joined the previously announced renewals of “Evil,” “Mom,” “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race.”

Additional new series for the 2020-21 season will be announced at a later date.

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