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CBS cancels Rush Hour after one season

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.

Developed by Blake McCormick and Bill Lawrence, Rush Hour starred Justin Hires and Jon Foo in the roles of Detectives Carter and Lee, played by Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan on the big screen.

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.
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‘Rush Hour’ Canceled After One Season on CBS

‘Rush Hour’ Canceled After One Season on CBS
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
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Rush Hour: Did CBS Reboot Make an Arresting First Impression?

Rush Hour: Did CBS Reboot Make an Arresting First Impression?
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.

RelatedRush Hour Reboot: Justin Hires Hopes He’s ‘Half as Funny’ As Chris Tucker

For one, the culture clash that ensues between destined partners Carter (Justin Hires, Key & Peele) and Lee (Jon Foo,
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TV Review: ‘Rush Hour’

TV Review: ‘Rush Hour’
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.
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Rush Hour Reboot: Justin Hires Hopes He's 'Half as Funny' As Chris Tucker

Rush Hour Reboot: Justin Hires Hopes He's 'Half as Funny' As Chris Tucker
Justin Hires would like you to understand these words coming outta his mouth: “No one wants to see me do a Chris Tucker impersonation.”

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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Interview: ‘Rush Hour’ Producers Bill Lawrence, Blake McCormick and Steve Franks

Interview: ‘Rush Hour’ Producers Bill Lawrence, Blake McCormick and Steve Franks
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 […]

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‘Rush Hour’ Team Grilled on Diversity, Stereotypes, Character Portrayals at TCA Panel

‘Rush Hour’ Team Grilled on Diversity, Stereotypes, Character Portrayals at TCA Panel
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,
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'Rush Hour' TV Show Trailer Reboots Jackie Chan Classic

'Rush Hour' TV Show Trailer Reboots Jackie Chan Classic
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.
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‘Rush Hour’ Series Sets Premiere Date, CBS Shifts ‘Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders’

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‘Rush Hour’ Series Sets Premiere Date, CBS Shifts ‘Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders’
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'
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Chris Tucker Talks About Recent Visit To China To See Rush Hour Co-Star Jackie Chan

I’m a huge Chris Tucker fan. Always have been.

From his scene-stealing performance in The Fifth Element, to Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Comedy Jam and 1995’s Friday opposite Ice Cube, starring in Money Talks with Charlie Sheen, through to his role in Silver Linings Playbook, Tucker is forever a pleasure to watch and is still one of the funniest comedians.

I was thrilled to read that the actor would be headlining his first full length stand-up comedy special titled “Chris Tucker Live” which had its premiere on Friday, July 10 on Netflix. It is one of the funniest stand-up shows to come along in years.

In the hilarious show, Chris Tucker returns to the stage he loves and showcases his mind-blowing comedic chops. From his pitch perfect impersonations of Michael Jackson and Bill Clinton, his take on first dates and marriage, visiting Oprah Winfrey’s house, to his singular on-stage physicality,
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TVLine Items: Gh's Holly Returns, Espys Honor Caitlyn Jenner and More

TVLine Items: Gh's Holly Returns, Espys Honor Caitlyn Jenner and More
Before Luke Spencer puts Port Charles in his rearview mirror, he’ll encounter a former flame.

Emma Samms, whose Holly Sutton-Scorpio was once involved in a love triangle with Luke and Robert Scorpio, will reprise her General Hospital role ahead of Anthony Geary’s departure.

Executive producer Frank Valentini announced the news Monday via Twitter.

.@EmmaSamms1 is coming back to @GeneralHospital !! Very excited!! #Gh

Frank Valentini (@valentinifrank) June 1, 2015

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Samms last appeared on the show in Aug. 2013, as Holly searched for Jerry Jacks and his cure for polonium poisoning. No word yet on what will
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‘Psych’ Creator Steve Franks Joins New CBS Series ‘Rush Hour’ As Showrunner

Psych creator/executive producer Steve Franks is taking on another comedic buddy cop show, signing on to serve as showrunner on the midseason CBS series Rush Hour, working alongside Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick. A reimagining of the hit New Line feature franchise, Rush Hour, from Warner Bros. TV and Lawrence’s Doozer, centers on a maverick Lapd detective — the wise-cracking Dr. Carter (Justin Hires), and a by-the-book detective from Hong Kong, Lee (Jon Foo) — who…
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TV News: Heroes, Con, Doc, Rush, Dickensian

Heroes Reborn

Sendhil Ramamurthy is set to reprise his role of geneticist Dr Mohinder Suresh in the upcoming NBC event series "Heroes Reborn". The character is the fifth from the original show due to appear in the upcoming series along with Jack Coleman's Noah Bennet, Masi Oka's Hiro Nakamura, Greg Grunberg's Matt Parkman and Jimmy Jean-Louis' The Haitian. [Source: Deadline]

Comic-Con TV Panels

Fox has unveiled its Comic-Con TV panel line-up for the year with comedy horror anthology series "Scream Queens" set to premiere along with a joint Scream Queens/American Horror Story: Hotel panel session with Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Skyler Samuels, Keke Palmer, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Matt Bomer all on hand.

Also slated to premiere is the "Minority Report" pilot followed by a Q&A, along with panels for "The Last Man On Earth," "Family Guy," "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,
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‘The X-Files,’ ‘Rush Hour’ Drive Buzz Among International Buyers at La Screenings

‘The X-Files,’ ‘Rush Hour’ Drive Buzz Among International Buyers at La Screenings
The return of “The X-Files” and the reboot of “Rush Hour” stirred strong buzz among the nearly 2,000 international television buyers who converged in Los Angeles this week for the annual L.A. Screenings program market.

Sony Pictures TV International had a strong response to its Amazon Studios drama “Mad Dogs,” as did CBS Studios International for its action-thriller “Limitless.”

Buyers made the rounds of studio screenings and parties throughout the week to get a first look at series that have been picked up by broadcast networks for the 2015-16 season, as well as new cable and digital productions.

The marathon week started Sunday with Disney’s presentation of a dozen new series, ranging from ABC’s revival of “The Muppets” to the “Criminal Minds” spinoff “Beyond Borders.”

For most buyers, the screenings are the first step in dealmaking negotiations that are finalized later. But some put their money on the table right away.
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CBS Orders Rush Hour, Limitless, and More to Series

Today it’s CBS’ turn to announce which pilots it is moving forward with, and unsurprisingly the theme is franchises. The network announced that the Rush Hour and Limitless TV show adaptations will be greenlit, as will a Criminal Minds spinoff, a medical drama, and two comedies. Let’s take a closer look… Rush Hour is, of course, an adaptation of the feature film trilogy of the same name that starred Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. This hourlong dramedy revolves around a by-the-books Hong Kong police officer (Jon Foo) who is assigned a case in Los Angeles where he’s forced to team up with a cocky Lapd officer (Justin Hires). The pilot was penned by Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence and Cougar Town alum Blake McCormick, with the two are executive producing alongside Jeff Ingold and the film’s Brett Ratner, Arthur Sark, and Jon Turtletaub, who directed the pilot.
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Fall TV: Criminal Minds Spinoff (Minus Anna Gunn), Rush Hour and Limitless Among CBS' New Drama Orders

Fall TV: Criminal Minds Spinoff (Minus Anna Gunn), Rush Hour and Limitless Among CBS' New Drama Orders
CBS’ latest drama series orders for the 2015-16 TV season include a spinoff, two movie adaptations and a documentary-turned-tv drama.

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Having already declared Supergirl ready for takeoff, the Eye network on Thursday ordered to series the dramas Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Rush Hour, Limitless and Code Black.

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Descriptions with casting are as follows:

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

Writer: Erica Messer

Other EPs: Mark Gordon, Nick Pepper

Cast: Gary Sinise, Daniel Henney and Tyler James Williams; Anna Gunn appeared
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Pilot Exposure, Even Without a Pickup, Pays Off for Talent

Pilot Exposure, Even Without a Pickup, Pays Off for Talent
It’s sweepstakes time in network TV.

Executives at the Big Four and CW are hip deep in the annual ritual that plays out in darkened screening rooms, as groups of staffers, assembled with focus-group precision to reflect target demos (assistants and interns see a momentary spike in clout), evaluate this year’s crop of pilots in the hopes of finding next season’s big sensation. The sizzle of Fox’s “Empire” has restored the industry’s faith that network TV can still field an overnight sensation. Really, it can.

After a few days of screenings, buzz begins to coalesce around the handful of projects out of 80-plus broadcast pilots that will get a series pickup. But buzz is an unpredictable and volatile mistress. There are innumerable examples of sure things that went south at the last minute (“Beverly Hills Cop” with Eddie Murphy and Shawn Ryan? On the air!
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"Rush Hour" Series Nabs Its Other Lead

Justin Hires ("21 Jump Street," "Key and Peele") is set to play Carter, the role which Chris Tucker made famous, in CBS' TV adaptation of the hit "Rush Hour" movie franchise.

He joins British actor Jon Foo ("Tekken," "Vikingdom," "The Protector") who is taking on the role of Detective Lee which Jackie Chan played in the films.

Hires' Carter is an irreverent bad-boy detective who uses unorthodox methods to get results. He also has no interest in a partner, but is forced to work with a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police detective assigned to a case in Los Angeles.

Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick penned and will executive produce the show. "National Treasure" helmer Jon Turteltaub will direct the pilot and executive produce as well.

Source: The Live Feed
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'Rush Hour' TV Show Casts Justin Hires in Chris Tucker Role

'Rush Hour' TV Show Casts Justin Hires in Chris Tucker Role
Justin Hires, who has had bit parts in 21 Jump Street, Stomp the Yard and Key & Peele, has taken the second lead in CBS and Warner Bros. TV's Rush Hour pilot. He will take on the role of Carter, originated by Chris Tucker in the 1998 Rush Hour movie. The studio decided to go with two relatively unknown actors to headline the show, also casting Jon Foo, best known for the video adaptation Tekken, in the Jackie Chan role of Lee.

Justin Hires reportedly beat out quite a few well known actors for the role of Carter, though none of the other hopefuls were mentioned by name. The studio wanted to go with unknowns, as they felt the roles were too closely associated with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Jon Turteltaub, known for the National Treasure franchise, will helm the pilot and is an executive producer, alongside writers and executive producers Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick.
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Rush Hour Pilot Scoop: Justin Hires to Co-Star Opposite Jon Foo

Rush Hour Pilot Scoop: Justin Hires to Co-Star Opposite Jon Foo
CBS’ Rush Hour pilot, based on Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan’s New Line Cinema film franchise, has finally locked in its leading duo.

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Justin Hires (Key and Peele) will play Carter, an “irreverent and wildly confident” Lapd detective whose “unorthodox methods” often land him in trouble with his higher-ups. He joins Jon Foo (Batman Begins), recently cast as Carter’s Hong Kong-born partner Lee.

Additional series regulars include Aimee Garcia (Dexter) as Carter’s former partner Didi, and Jessika Van (The Messengers) as Lee’s younger sister Kim.
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