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`The Equalizer`: Queen Latifah stars as Robyn McCall (Photo: Michael Greenberg/CBS ©2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All rights reserved.)
"The Equalizer": Queen Latifah stars as Robyn McCall (Photo: Michael Greenberg/CBS ©2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All rights reserved.)

New CBS drama 'The Equalizer' to launch immediately following broadcast of Super Bowl LV

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Sat, Dec 5th 2020 09:10 am

Starring Queen Latifah

‘FBI’ scores post-AFC Championship Game slot

CBS announced the series premiere of the new drama “The Equalizer,” starring Academy Award nominee and multi-hyphenate Queen Latifah, will be broadcast immediately following CBS Sports’ broadcast of Super Bowl LV on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021 (10 p.m. ET; time is approximate after postgame coverage) on the CBS Television Network. “The Equalizer” will move to its regular Sunday at 8 p.m. time period on Feb. 14.

Two weeks earlier, CBS’ hit show “FBI,” television’s No. 2 drama, will air immediately following another one of television’s biggest events, the NFL’s AFC Championship Game, on Sunday, Jan. 24 (10 p.m.; time is approximate after postgame coverage). “FBI” returns to its regular Tuesday at 9 p.m. time period with an original episode on Jan. 26.

In addition, on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” will broadcast a special original edition following late local news. The Emmy Award-winning “The Late Late Show with James Corden” will also air a special weekend edition on Sunday, Jan. 24, following late local news.

“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 Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment. “With these games and the Grammys, 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 mid-season schedule.”

In addition to television availability, the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl LV will be available to be streamed digitally across devices on CBS and NFL digital properties, and on mobile via the participating teams’ mobile properties, Yahoo Sports and other Verizon Media mobile properties.

“The Equalizer” is a reimagining of the classic series starring Queen Latifah (“Chicago,” “Bessie”) as Robyn McCall, an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. The cast also includes Chris Noth as William Bishop, Lorraine Toussaint as Viola “Aunt Vi” Marsette, Tory Kittles as Det. Marcus Dante, Adam Goldberg as Harry Keshegian, Liza Lapira as Melody Bayani and Laya DeLeon Hayes as Delilah.

From Emmy Award-winner Dick Wolf and the team behind the “Law & Order” brand, “FBI” is a fast-paced drama starring Missy Peregrym as Special Agent Maggie Bell, and Zeeko Zaki as Special Agent Omar Adom “OA” Zidan. It is about the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the elite unit that brings all of their talents, intellect and technical expertise to bear on major cases to keep New York and the country safe.

“FBI” also stars Jeremy Sisto as Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jubal Valentine, Alana De La Garza as Special Agent in Charge Isobel Castille, John Boyd as Special Agent Stuart Scola and Katherine Renee Turner as Special Agent Tiffany Wallace.

The AFC Championship Game airs at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, on the CBS Television Network. CBS Sports culminates its coverage of the 2020-21 NFL season with Super Bowl LV at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Super Bowl LV will be the network’s 21st Super Bowl broadcast overall, the most of any network.

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