Your Guide To The 2018-2019 CBS Pilot Season

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It might just be the beginning of 2018, but when it comes to TV, networks are already focused on new television pilots that will hopefully make the fall or winter lineup for the next year. When it comes to CBS, the network has six comedy pilots and six drama pilots in the mix for the 2018-2019 season.

Whether it’s past series getting the reboot treatment or fresh ideas, CBS has a pilot of everyone, and we have everything you need to know about all of them below. So get ready for new TV shows – or at least the possibility of them.

Cagney and Lacey

This pilot is a reboot of the iconic series Cagney and Lacey which originally ran from 1982 to 1988. The drama originally followed two female police detectives (who were also friends) determined to keep the streets of Los Angeles save. It’s been reworked by Bridget Carpenter, but will have the same storyline and focus. Now all we need to know is which actresses will be stepping into the shoes of these amazing detectives.


Chiefs is another cop drama being worked on for CBS. This one is focused on three different women who are all Chiefs of Police in their own precincts within Los Angeles County. Their lives both professional and personal will be the focus of the series, should it get picked up.

God Friended Me

This drama combines faith and social media in a new an inventive way. Coming from the writing team of Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt this drama will be about an atheist whose life changes when he is “friended” by God on Facebook. He begins to question his faith, science and more while changing the lives of others around him.


In the comedy category, FAM will be about a messed-up family, and it’s going to be very relatable. It begins with a woman’s desire to life a upstanding life alongside her new fiancé, who is from a great family, but everything gets messy when her half-sister comes back in to her life along with her train wreck of a father.

Here Comes the Neighborhood

This comedy will focus on what happens when the “nicest guy” in the Midwest moves with his family to Los Angeles. Will his nice demeanor stay intact when he faces neighbors who don’t appreciate it? We will have to wait and see!

History of Them

The History of Them is set to star Brett Dier and Ana Villafane, and will be about two friends named Luna and Adam who meet and fall in love using social media as a guide. It will have some romance thrown into the comedy and we can’t wait to see it.

I Mom So Hard

Come on, this title is too good. The comedy is based on the web series by the same name, which focused on two moms, who show how friendship can get you through your lives as wives and mothers. It is set to star Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley.

Magnum P.I.

Throwback series are definitely on CBS’s mind for the 2018 pilot season. Magnum P.I. is the reboot of the original drama that was set in Hawaii and centered on Thomas Magnum. It will be an update on the story, which follows Magnum, who is an ex-Navy SEAL, as he returns home from Afghanistan and uses his military skills to become an awesome private investigator. No cast is attached to the project, but the lead will have to follow in Tom Selleck’s footsteps.


Another drama that CBS has ordered a pilot for is Murder, which is exactly what it sounds like. The show would focus on a a crime through unique perspectives of numerous people, cops and killers, witnesses and victims, and friends and families. It is going to be shot like a true crime documentary and will take fans on a journey through every different aspect of a murder.

Murphy Brown

If you’re a big reboot fan, then Murphy Brown coming back is exciting news. This pilot was already ordered straight to series from CBS and will star Candice Bergen once again as the investigative journalist of the late ’80s and ’90s. This time around she will head back to the world of cable news, with social media, fake news, and an intense political climate that would make any journalist worried.

Pandas In New York

We already love this pilot based on its name alone. The comedy is set to follow a family of Indian doctors who have a successful group practice in New York City as they work to rearrange their youngest son’s life, who unbeknownst to them has a different plan for himself.

Do any of these pilots sound like a winner to you? Let us know in the comments below.

(H/T TVLine)

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