'Magnum PI,' 'Cagney and Lacey' reboots among six pilot orders at CBS

CBS picked up six pilots for the 2018-2019 season, including reboots of “Cagney and Lacey” and “Magnum P.I.”

“Magnum P.I.” is described as an updated version of the original series that follows Thomas Magnum, a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home to Hawaii from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. Tom Selleck played the mustachioed Magnum in the original series.

Peter Lenkov, the writer and producer behind current CBS reboots of “Hawaii Five-O” and “MacGyver,” will serve as the writer and executive producer on the new version of the classic 1980s series, which had previously gotten a pilot production commitment at the network. Eric Guggenheim, an executive producer and writer on Lenkov’s “Hawaii Five-O,” will also write and executive produce. John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment will also executive produce. CBS Television Studios will co-produce with Universal Television.

The original “Magnum P.I.” aired from 1980-1988 for eight seasons and 158 episodes on CBS.

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Amerian actor Tom Selleck, of the hit tv series Magnum, during a visit to London.
2nd May 1985: American actor Tom Selleck in London, where he is filming an episode of 'Magnum PI'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 20: Actor Tom Selleck attends the CBS Screening of 'Jesse Stone: Death In Paradise' at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theater on April 20, 2006 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images).
MONTE CARLO, MONACO - JULY 1: U.S. actor Tom Selleck poses during a photocall at the 44th Monte-Carlo Television Festival on July 1, 2004 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Selleck is in Monaco to present 'Ike'.The Celebration of Global Television runs from June 28 - July 3 and will feature television stars from around the world. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 2: (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Actor Tom Selleck arrives at the 'CBS At 75' celebration at the Hammerstein Ballroom November 2, 2003 in New York City. This special event commemorates CBS Network's 75th anniversary. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 05: Actor Tom Selleck arrives to a screening and panel discussion of CBS's 'Blue Bloods' at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on June 5, 2012 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Actresses Ellen DeGeneres (L) and Kate Capshaw and actor Tom Selleck, stars of the new romantic comedy film "The Love Letter," pose together at the film's premiere, May 13 in Los Angeles. The film opens in the United States May 21.
Tom Selleck poses with actress Steffani Brass, 8, at the premiere of the TNT movie Running Mates, on August 1, 2000, at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Los Angeles. Selleck and Brass both appear in the movie.
Actor Tom Selleck and his wife Jillie Mack pose as they arrive for the taping of "The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special" at CBS Studios in Los Angeles, California, U.S., October 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Actor Tom Selleck talks about his show 'Blue Bloods' during the CBS, Showtime and the CW Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, California, July 28, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actor Tom Selleck (C) arrives with his wife Jillie Mack (R) and daughter Hannah at the 31st annual People's Choice Awards in Pasadena, California, January 9, 2005. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson LN
U.S. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush speak to actor Tom Selleck at the Ford's Theatre Gala in Washington June 25, 2006. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts (UNITED STATES)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 15: 'Erasing History' -- When Henry is the key witness on Danny and Baez's case, his meddling pushes Danny's buttons until he leads them to valuable information. Also, Nicky shocks her family by siding with her activist friend, Chrissie (Naian Gonz�ez Norvind), who defaced the NYPD flag at One Police Plaza, and Jamie and Eddie learn a parole officer is taking advantage of his power over parolees, on BLUE BLOODS, Friday, Jan. 19 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Tom Selleck. (Photo by Craig Blankenhorn/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 05: Tom Selleck is seen at Los Angeles International Airport on August 05, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 05: Actors Donnie Wahlberg, Tom Selleck and Bridget Moynahan arrive at the 'Blue Bloods' Special Screening And Panel Discussion at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on June 5, 2012 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
(L-R) Actors Roger E. Mosley, Tom Selleck, Larry Manetti of Magnum P.I. attend the 7th Annual TV Land Awards held at Gibson Amphitheatre on April 19, 2009 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 09: Actor Tom Selleck (C) with wife Jillie Mack (R) and daughter Hannah (L) arrive at the 31st Annual People's Choice Awards held in the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on January 9, 2005 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
HSH Prince Albert of Monaco shaking hand of Tom Selleck (Photo by Tony Barson Archive/WireImage)

Cagney and Lacey” will follow the titular female police detectives and friends as they keep the streets of L.A. safe. Bridget Carpenter will serve as writer and executive producer. CBS Television Studios will produce with MGM Television.

Carpenter, who is under an overall deal at CBS Television Studios, recently worked as a consulting producer on HBO’s “Westworld” and has previously produced and written shows like “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood.” She also developed the Hulu series “11.22.63.”

The original “Cagney and Lacey” ran for seven seasons and 125 episodes on CBS from 1982 to 1988. The series also spawned four made-for-TV movies in the mid-90s. Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly played the title roles for the vast majority of the series, though Loretta Swit played Cagney in the original two-hour pilot and Meg Foster played Lacey for the first season.

CBS also picked up one other drama with this batch of pilot orders, titled “Chiefs.” The project explores the professional and personal lives of three driven, successful, but very different women who are each Chiefs of Police of their own precincts in L.A. County.

David Hudgins will write and executive produce “Chiefs” with Carol Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz also executive producing. Sony Pictures Television will produce with CBS Television Studios. Hudgins, who is under an overall deal at Sony, previously developed the NBC series “Game of Silence.” He also produced and wrote for “Parenthood,” “Friday Night Lights,” and “Everwood.” Mendelsohn was also an executive producer on “Game of Silence” and served as an executive producer on every iteration of the “CSI” franchise.

CBS has also ordered three multi-camera comedies to pilot.

The first is titled “Here Comes the Neighborhood,” and would follow the nicest guy in the Midwest who moves his family into a tough neighborhood in L.A. where not everyone appreciates his extreme neighborliness. Jim Reynolds will write and executive produce, with Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor, and Wendi Trilling also executive producing. CBS Television Studios will produce.

Reynolds has worked on “Big Bang” since Season 3. In addition to writing, he has worked on the show as a producer, supervising producer, co-executive producer, and now executive producer. His other credits include “Samantha Who?,” “That’s So Raven,” and “Rodney.”

The next project is called “Fam.” In the show, a woman’s dreams of an upstanding life with her new fiancé and his upstanding family are dashed when her younger train wreck half-sister comes to live with her to escape their train wreck of a father.

Corinne Kingsbury will write and executive produce. David Rosenthal will also executive produce with Kaplan, Honor and Trilling also executive producing.

Finally, the comedy “Pandas in New York” follows a family of Indian doctors with a successful group practice in New York City who embark on a project to arrange their youngest son’s life, unaware he’s made plans of his own.

Ajay Sahgal will write and executive produce. CBS Television Studios will produce. Sahgal has previously wrote for and co-executive produced “The Carmichael Show.”

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