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Magnum PI, Cagney & Lacey Reboots Get Pilot Orders from CBS

Magnum PI, Cagney & Lacey Reboots Get Pilot Orders from CBS”

As for the original ideas, CBS ordered pilots for drama Chiefs, about three female police chiefs in Los Angeles, and three comedies: Here Comes the Neighborhood, about a Midwesterner who moves to a rough neighborhood in Los Angeles, Fam, about a woman whose life is upended when her half-sister moves in with her, and Pandas in NY, about a family of Indian doctors in NY.

The original series, which ran from 1980 to 1988, starred Selleck, Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley and Larry Manetti, and centered on the laid-back former Navy SEAL as he runs a PI firm out of the guest house of a gorgeous Hawaiian beachfront estate owned by the reclusive author Robin Masters.

Peter Lenkov, who is already behind the network's reboots of Hawaii Five-0 and more recently, MacGyver, is writing and executive the new Magnum P.I. with Eric Guggenheim. There were discussions about him getting involved in the reboot.

Cagney and Lacey followed two NY police detectives, Christine Cagney and Mary Beth Lacey, in a buddy cop drama in which they battled both crooks and sexism, while trying to manage very different personal lives.

We spoke with Lenkov and Guggenheim earlier this month, and in that interview they said that development of the new series was moving along nicely. Key to those reboots is having the original producers or studio attached, with the latter being the case for Magnum P.I. and Cagney and Lacey.

The Cagney & Lacey reboot will, like the 1980s Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless-starring drama, follow two female police detectives in Los Angeles. The pilot is co-produced by CBS Television Studios - where Lenkov is based - and Universal Television, with the latter having produced the original show.

The original series won two best drama Emmys and six lead actress in a drama series trophies - four for Daly and two for Gless. The previous two, MacGyver and S.W.A.T. The network also has a Hawaii Five-0 on the air.

The series follows 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.

Drama Chiefs is written by David Hudgins (Friday Night Lights) and produced by Mendelsohn and her production company topper Julie Weitz. They band together to create a task force to catch a unsafe serial killer. In the revival, they work in Los Angeles. Sony Pictures TV co-produce with CBS TV Studios.

At Sony TV, Hudgins and Mendelsohn previously worked together on the drama Game Of Silence, which Hudgins also wrote.



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