CBS has put in development dramas Vanishing Point, from writer Breen Frazier Criminal Minds, and The Honorable from Everybody Hates Chris co-creator Ali Leroi and Michelle Amor Playin' For Love. Both hail from Jay and Phil McGraw's Stage 29 Productions and CBS Television Studios, where Stage 29 is under a first-look deal.
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Written by Frazier, Vanishing Point revolves around a cavalier but brilliant behavioral psychologist and his methodical FBI agent ex-wife, who are forced to re-team together on a missing persons case that may in fact be the spark they need to rekindle their relationship and finally locate their own teenage son who disappeared years before.
Frazier executive produces with Dr. Phil McGraw, Jay McGraw, Julia Eisenman for Stage 29 Productions, along with Marc Provissiero and Bob Odenkirk for Odenkirk Provissiero, and Lee Schneller and Jeremy Evans.
Chicago mayoral drama The Honorable is written by Leroi and Amor. In The Honorable, for the young, idealistic new mayor of Chicago, winning the election will seem like a cakewalk compared to the challenges of running one of the most politically fraught cities in the world, balancing her own tangled personal life, and navigating an old rivalry with a powerful family.
Leroi executive produces with Dr. Phil McGraw, Jay McGraw, Julia Eisenman for Stage 29 Productions. Amor is co-executive producer. CBS Television Studios is the studio for both projects.
Frazier has been with Criminal Minds since the series' launch, starting as producer and rising through the ranks to his current role as executive producer. Frazier also was a co-producer on Ghost Whisperer and worked on Alias and Roswell.
LeRoi co-created Everybody Hates Chris, which aired from 2005-2009, first on UPN then moving to the CW for its final three seasons. He also created TBS comedy Are We There Yet, which aired for three seasons, and was an executive producer on Survivor's Remorse.
Amor's writing credits include features Of Boys and Men and Playin' For Love.
CBS is launching a month-long sequence of Sunday movie nights in May, featuring five contemporary classic movies to keep viewers entertained while they stay indoors. The network announced that the weekly programing event will kick off on May 3 and will feature two “Indiana Jones” films, “Forrest Gump,” the first “Mission: Impossible,” and “Titanic.” The titles all hail from Paramount Pictures' library, which is also part of the ViacomCBS family.
“It's a five-week programming event with epic films, iconic stars and brilliant stories that viewers love...and love to watch together,” Noriko Kelley, an executive vice president at CBS Entertainment, said in a statement.
As for newer projects, CBS made headlines yesterday when the company announced that it would air a special pandemic episode of “All Rise.” The Simone Missick-led legal drama's upcoming episode will be shot using various social media platforms and online technologies and the production will abide by social distancing guidelines.
ViacomCBS is one of numerous entertainment companies that have been broadly impacted by current events and are starting to experiment with different forms and schedules for their offerings. The company has halted production on shows ranging from “The Amazing Race” to “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and other companies and studios have followed suit for their own projects. CBS' May film programming will replace the original episodes of “Love Island” that were scheduled for May 24 and May 31; the status of the reality series is up in the air to the ongoing pandemic.
CBS previously ran a “CBS Sunday Movie” franchise that ended in the 2004-2005 television season.
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The schedule for CBS' upcoming May Sunday movie night programming is as follows:
May 3: “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” 8-11 p.m., ET/PT
May 10: “Forrest Gump” 8-11 p.m., ET/PT
May 17: “Mission: Impossible” 8-11 p.m., ET/PT
May 24: “Titanic” 7-11 p.m., ET/PT
May 31: “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” 8-11 p.m., ET/PT