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CBS has announced that it has cancelled Rush Hour, the TV adaptation of the hit action-comedy franchise, which will come to an end this month after just one season.
Rush Hour premiered as a midseason show in March but has struggled in the ratings, pulling in a 1.2 and six million viewers. There are two episodes left to air, with the final set to be be broadcast next Thursday, May 26th.
- Gary Collinson
CBS has canceled “Rush Hour” after one season, TheWrap has learned. The TV adaptation of the film series starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan will not return to the network’s schedule next season. Developed by Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick, the series starred Justin Hires and Jon Foo, as well as Aimee Garcia, Page Kennedy and Wendie Malick. Also Read: CBS Renews 'Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,' 'Odd Couple' The news comes a few hours after the network announced renewals for four series: “Code Black,” “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” “The Odd Couple” and “Undercover Boss.” The »
- Reid Nakamura
Rush Hour isn’t a total cop out.
Though the pilot for CBS’ adaptation of the Chris Tucker/Jackie Chan comedy is little more than a regurgitation of the film that spawned two sequels, there are indications that The Powers That Be (which include Cougar Town vets Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick) are well aware of what does and does not work about the film 18 years later.
CBS has exhausted so many permutations of the buddy-cop format that the network has inevitably resorted to adapting and recycling. It does a bit of both with “Rush Hour,” a light-hearted series version of the Chris Tucker-Jackie Chan movie trilogy, pairing Justin Hires and Jon Foo as the wisecracking L.A. detective and taciturn Hong Kong cop, thrown together here on an open-ended basis.
Establishing the template naturally requires a bit of fancy footwork, and as an indication of the tone the network is seeking, the task has been entrusted to producers Bill Lawrence — usually associated with sitcoms, like “Scrubs” and “Cougar Town” — and Blake McCormick. In rapid-fire fashion, the pilot, directed by Jon Turteltaub, briskly sets up Hires’ Det. Carter as a cop who breaks rules — to the point of irritating his captain (a slumming Wendie Malick) — and Foo, who started out as a stuntman, as Det. »
- Brian Lowry
The star of CBS’ Rush Hour (premiering Thursday, March 31 at 10/9c) — from executive producers Brett Ratner (who directed the original 1998 action-comedy), Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick (Cougar Town) — is not interested in some second-rate adaptation of the beloved Tucker/Jackie Chan film trilogy.
“[Chris Tucker]’s already done Chris Tucker and he did it brilliantly,” he tells TVLine. “I knew I had to bring myself to this role.”
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There may be an unprecedented number of television shows based on movies on the air simultaneously: Limitless, Fargo, Bates Motel, Damien and the just ended Minority Report and Hannibal with the upcoming Uncle Buck and shows like Lethal Weapon, Rambo and The Expendables in development. Add to that Rush Hour, based on the Jackie […]
- Fred Topel
With African-American and Chinese stars, CBS’ upcoming action-comedy “Rush Hour” boasts the network’s most diverse cast to date, but on Tuesday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., the show’s cast and producers were hounded by a reporter who questioned the series’ portrayal of diverse characters.
“When the ‘Rush Hour’ movies were out, they took criticism for being centered on two characters who were really stereotypical,” the journalist said. “Watching the pilot, I see you haven’t done much to change those archetypes. At a time where shows are really trying to have a nuanced discussion about race, these characters still feel very stereotypical to me. How are you going to try change these archetypes a little bit so that they don’t feel so rooted in these longstanding stereotypes?”
“I’m African-American, I’m a comedian and I crack jokes,” star Justin Hires responded, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
With several TV shows starting to come back, several other midseason shows are about to debut in the coming weeks and months ahead. One of CBS' new shows will be quite familiar to many viewers. Rush Hour is based on the hit movie franchise which starred Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Today, CBS has released the first trailer for the show, which will debut Thursday, March 31 at 10 Pm Et. The action-packed comedy series will anchor the network's Thursday night sitcom lineup, which includes The Big Bang Theory, Life in Pieces, Mom and Angel from Hell.
Rush Hour, a reimagining of the hit feature film franchise, is a buddy-cop drama about a maverick Lapd detective and a by-the-book detective from Hong Kong who knock heads when they are forced to partner together. Detective Lee (Jon Foo) is a reserved, honorable master martial artist with lightning-fast moves who comes to L.A. »
CBS has set the premiere date for the “Rush Hour” TV series and moved the premiere date of “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” the network announced Friday. “Rush Hour,” based on the buddy cop films starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, will premiere on March 31 at 10 p.m. Et. The series stars Justin Hires and Jon Foo as Det. Carter and Det. Lee, respectively. Brett Ratner, who directed all three “Rush Hour” movies, is executive producing along with Bill Lawrence, Blake McCormick, Jeff Ingold, Jon Turteltaub, Arthur Sarkissian, Toby Emmerich and Steve Franks. Also Read: 'Angel From Hell' »
- Joe Otterson
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