TV PRESS TOUR ’16! CBS Series Creator Defends Whether the Comedy We’ll See On Rush Hour Will Be a Stereotype!

RUSH HOUR, a reimagining of the hit feature film franchise, is CBS's new buddy-cop drama about maverick LAPD detective Carter (Justin Hires, left) and by-the-book Hong Kong detective and master martial artist Lee (Jon Foo), who knock heads when they are forced to partner together in Los Angeles. Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS ©2015 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

CBS is finally bringing some much needed diversity to its network with a bunch of new shows including Rush Hour, based on the hit film series from the late nineties.

Bringing the classic odd couple, crime-fighting duo – one who is African American and one who has Asian roots – to TV has some people questioning whether this portrayal will only tap into stereotypes of both cultures.

Bill Lawrence, the mastermind behind Scrubs and Cougar Town, gave a very passionate response to this concern.

“I have a track record. I’m very proud of diversity on the writing staff. I’m very proud of the diversity on this show behind the cameras,” he shared at the series panel during the CBS Press Tour.

Lawrence did concede that characters and stories evolve over time and become fuller. “One of the reasons I can feel proud of it is you all know that shows change after the pilot.”

Will let you know our verdict after the first episode, Lawrence!

Rush Hour premieres March 31 on CBS.

photo credit: CBS

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