CBS Upfront 2019 – Diversity Is King With Bob Heart Abishola and All Rise.!By Delaina Dixon | May 16, 2019 | Entertainment
CBS Network took a beating last year when former Chairman and CEO of CBS Corporation Les Moonves resigned due to sexual misconduct allegations. Joseph Ianniello took over the reins with a renewed commitment to inclusion and diversity across the brand. Even with that hiccup, the Eye network is still on top.
Ianniello pointed out that CBS serves up 300 million viewers over all its platforms. He then pointed out that the population of the U.S. is only 328 million.
So what is CBS doing to get the remaining 28 million on board? On CBS Access, the network is expanding its Star Trek franchise with Star Trek, Lower Decks, an animated series, and Star Trek: Picard, which will examine the life of one of the franchise’s most beloved characters, Jean-Luc Picard, once again played by Patrick Stewart.
And yes Lord, God Friended Me is returning for its sophomore season after garnering 60 million viewers in its freshman year. Star Brandon Micheal Hall truly believes that a little divine intervention is at play over its success.
The network is a little teary-eyed over the end of The Big Bang Theory, the longest running sitcom in TV history. It airs its one-hour series finale tomorrow, Thursday, May 16 at 8 p.m.
Yes, CBS is dedicated to cultural relevance and inclusivity, and they are going there. The new sitcom Broke stars Jaime Camil, who we loved on Jane The Virgin. New dramas FBI: Most Wanted, the supernatural Evil and woman-led procedural Tommy all boast diverse casting.
Here are more shows coming to the network this fall.
Bob Heart Abishola (Mondays) Prolific TV producer Chuck Lorre is stepping into unknown territory. His new sitcom has a white man from Detroit falling for his African nurse from Nigeria — played by Folake Olowofoyeku — and we’re certain that culture clash comedy ensues. We’re excited to see such a level of cultural diversity come to TV. Billy Gardell, who plays Bob, declared that love is an emotion relatable on all levels so this show can appeal to everyone. We’re interested to see how expertly the network handles interracial and intercultural relationships on the small screen (hint, there better be writers of color in the writers’ room).
All Rise (Mondays) Simone Messick leads the charge in this procedural drama where she runs the courtroom. As Judge Lola Carmichael, she’s not just sitting on the bench, she’s examining every nook and cranny of the cases brought before her to make the job’s done right the first time, like we black women always do. She’s surrounded by a colorful cast — one of the most diverse on TV this season — of prosecutors, public defenders, bailiffs, clerks and cops who call her “the rollercoaster” because they have no idea what she’ll do next. But be assured, she’s always doing it in the name of justice.
The Unicorn (Thursdays) A widowed father is the perfect man for single women who are looking for, well, the unicorn. With a little help from his friends, which includes actors Omar Benson Miller and Maya Lynne Robinson, and the advice of his young daughters, he may just find his matching unicorn in the dating world.