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
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.