CBS will be squeezing “Superior Donuts” into the schedule this winter, between the hit shows “The Big Bang Theory” at 8pm, and “Mom” at 9pm. The network officially announced the lineup change earlier today, the show stars Judd Hirsch and Jermaine Fowler. The new series will first debut with a special preview on Thursday, Feb. 2 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT), the same night that “Training Day” launches on the network. “Superior Donuts” will then move to its regular Monday, 9:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT time period on Feb. 6.
This means that “2 Broke Girls” will move to the 9:30-10:00 PM slot, following the season finale of “The Odd Couple” on January 30. 2017. If you haven’t heard too much about the donut-comedy, that’s because CBS hasn’t done much to promote it yet. That will most likely change now that the series has an official launch date, so prepare for a lot of reminders and ad-breaks in your favorite CBS comedies.
“Superior Donuts” follows the relationship between the owner (Hirsch) of a small donut shop, his enterprising new young employee (Fowler) and their loyal patrons. The show takes place in a quickly gentrifying Chicago neighborhood. The series is based on the play by Tracy Letts, the comedy also stars Katey Sagal, David Koechner, Maz Jobrani, Anna Baryshnikov, Darien Sills-Evans and Rell Battle.
Bob Daily, Neil Goldman, Garrett Donovan, Mark Teitelbaum, John Montgomery, Michael Rotenberg, Josh Lieberman and Jermaine Fowler are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios.
“Training Day” will be a new crime thriller that takes place 15 years after the events of the feature film of the same name. The film-version was directed by Antoine Fuqua, the script was written by David Ayer. The original film starred Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke and Scott Glenn.
The TV version will share a lot of the same plot-points as the film, following a young, idealistic police officer who is tapped to go undercover in an elite squad of the LAPD where he partners with a morally ambiguous veteran detective. Detective Frank Rourke is the head of the Special Investigation Section (S.I.S.) that hunts the city’s most dangerous criminals, and one of the finest investigators the department has ever produced. However, when the LAPD brass notices Rourke’s penchant for operating in a gray area to fight the war on crime, they assign Kyle Craig, a heroic, untarnished cop, to pose as Frank’s trainee to spy on him and report on his off-book methods.
The members of Frank’s loyal team include Rebecca Lee, a formidable officer with killer aim and a dark past, and Tommy Campbell, a former pro surfer who follows Frank’s orders without hesitation. The team’s cases find Frank and Kyle often crossing paths with Detective Valeria Chavez, one of the LAPD’s top investigators. Providing Frank with intel is his girlfriend, Holly Butler, a well-connected, unapologetic Hollywood madam. The network teases the series stating, “While LAPD Deputy Chief Joy Lockhart coolly puts Kyle in danger in her mission to take down Frank, Kyle’s schoolteacher wife, Alyse, worries her husband’s resolve to avenge the murder of his father, a cop, may be his undoing. As Frank starts teaching his principled trainee the way of the streets where the ends often justify the means, they form an uneasy alliance that will change the course of both their lives irrevocably.”