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'Rush Hour,' 'Limitless' adaptations get CBS series orders

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CBS is doubling down on known properties, giving series orders to adaptations of Rush Hour and Limitless, in addition to the Criminal Minds spinoff, medical drama Code Black, Jane Lynch comedy Angel from Hell and the star-studded Life in Pieces.

In Rush Hour, a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer (Jon Foo) is assigned to a case in Los Angeles where he’s forced to work with a cocky African-American LAPD officer (Justin Hires) who has no interest in a partner. Aimee Garcia and Wendie Malick also star. Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick will write and executive-produce the project, based on the New Line Cinema feature film of the same name, with Brett Ratner, Arthur Sarkissian, Jeff Ingold and Jon Turteltaub, who helmed the pilot.

Based on the 2011 feature starring Bradley Cooper, Limitless follows Brian Finch (Jake McDorman) 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. Craig Sweeny will write and executive-produce with Cooper, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Heather Kadin, Todd Phillips, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley and Tom Forman. Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio also star.

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, which first aired as a planted spin-off during the flagship’s tenth season, focuses on a division of the FBI that helps American citizens who find themselves in danger abroad. Gary Sinise, Daniel Henney and Tyler James star. Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer will write and executive-produce with Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper.

Code Black is a medical drama set in the busiest and most notorious ER in the nation where the extraordinary staff struggle in the face of a broken system to protect their ideals and the patients who need them the most. The series stars Marcia Gay Harden, Bonnie Somerville, Raza Jaffrey, Luis Guzman, Melanie Kannokada, Harry M. Ford, Ben Hollingsworth and William Allen Youn. Michael Seitzman will write and executive-produce with David Semel, Marti Noxon, Linda Goldstein-Knowlton and Ryan McGarry, who produced and directed the feature documentary the show is based on.

Glee alum Jane Lynch returns to primetime in the comedy Angel From Hell as Amy, a woman who forms an unlikely friendship with Allison (Maggie Lawson) after claiming to be her guardian angel. Allison can’t be sure if Amy is an angel or just nuts. Kyle Bornheimer and Kevin Pollak also star in the series, which hails from Tad Quill and Don Scardino.

Finally, Life in Pieces is a star-packed comedy about one family told through separate stories of its different family members. Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Zoe Lister Jones, Colin Hanks, Angelique Cabral, Thomas Sadoski, Betsy Brandt, Dan Bakkedahl, Niall Cunningham, Holly J. Barrett, and Giselle Eisenberg star. ustin Adler will write and executive-produce with Aaron Kaplan and Jason Winer.

The four dramas and two comedies join the previously announced series order for Supergirl.

More to come: We’re in the thick of a frantic annual three-day period of TV broadcasters making big decisions, so expect more series orders today—and perhaps some verdicts on existing shows as well. Follow @jameshibberd and @natalieabrams for up-to-the-minute details. 

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