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Friday, May 12, 2017

PILOT PICKUPS: 9JKL, Me Myself and I, Instinct, SEAL Team, S.W.A.T., Wisdom of the Crowd

CBS handed out pilot orders to six shows today, joining the already picked up Young Sheldon. Sitcoms 9JKL and Me, Myself, and I and dramas Instinct, Seal Team, S.W.A.T., and Wisdom of the Crowd were picked up to series.

9JKL is a family comedy centered on a man who lives in Apartment 9K while his doting parents living in Apartment 9J, and his brother, sister-in-law, and their baby live in Apartment 9L. This sounds a little similar to Everybody Loves Raymond and seems to be right in the CBS wheelhouse. The strong cast includes Mark Feuerstein, Linda Lavin, Elliott Gould, David Walton, Liza Lapira, and Matt Murray.

Me, Myself, and I is an interesting single-cam comedy centered on a man at three points in his life: as a 14 year old in 1991, a 40 year old in present day, and a 65 year old in 2042. A comedic This is Us of sorts, it stars Bobby Moynihan, who will surely be leaving Saturday Night Live for this show. It's an interesting concept but it could be a tough sell. Me, Myself, and I also stars Jack Dylan Grazer, Brian Unger, Jaleel White, Kelen Coleman, Skylar Gray, Christopher Paul Richards, Mandell Maughan, Reylynn Caster, Sharon Lawrence, and John Larroquette.

Instinct is a drama about a former CIA operative who has built a normal life but is thrust back into the action when the NYPD needs his help to find a serial killer. It'll be interesting to see if this is more of a serial drama than procedural. Instinct stars Alan Cumming, Bojana Novakovic, Daniel Ings, Naveen Andrews, and Khandi Alexander.

SEAL Team was originally set to star Jim Caviezel, but he was replaced by David Boreanez, fresh off of 12 years of Bones on FOX. It is centered on an elite unit of Navy SEALs asked to perform dangerous and heroic missions. It is the third military drama to be picked up by a network, joining NBC's For God and Country and the CW's Valor. SEAL Team also stars Max Thieriot, Neil Brown Jr., AJ Buckley, Toni Trucks, and Jessica Pare.

S.W.A.T. has been a hot pilot throughout and brings Shemar Moore, formerly of Criminal Minds, back to CBS. Based on the film of the same name, it is centered on a S.W.A.T. Sergeant who is asked to run a tactical unit in Los Angeles. This seems like a Wednesday candidate, either at 9pm or 10pm. It also stars Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell, Jay Harrington, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson, and Peter Onorati.

Wisdom of the Crowd was a quieter pilot. It is centered on a visionary tech innovator who creates a crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter's murder and revolutionize crime solving. This sounds a little bit like Pure Genius or APB, and those didn't work this year. Wisdom of the Crowd stars Jeremy Piven, Richard T. Jones, Jake Matthews, Blake Lee, Natalia Tena, and Monica Potter.

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