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CBS Orders New Dramas ‘Clarice’ and ‘The Equalizer;’ and New Comedy ‘B Positive’

Only 3 New Series for the 2020-21 TV Season Means the Pandemic Has Taken Its Toll

CBS has greenlit just three new primetime series for 2020-21: Dramas “Clarice” and “The Equalizer;” and sitcom “B Positive.” Based on the character Clarice Starling from theatrical “Silence of the Lambs,” “Clarice” from executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet stars Rebecca Breeds (“Pretty Little Liars”) in the title role as she returns to the field in 1993, six months after the events of “The Silence of the Lambs.” Kal Penn, Nick Sandow, Michael Cudlitz, Lucca De Oliveira and Devyn A. Tyler also star.

“The Equalizer” from Universal Television is a reimagining of the 1980s crime solver starring Queen Latifah (“Chicago,” “Bessie”) as an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. Chris Noth, Lorraine Toussaint, Tory Kittles, Liza Lapira and Laya DeLeon Hayes also star. Andrew Marlowe, Terri Miller, Dana Owens (Queen Latifah), John Davis, John Fox, Debra Martin Chase, Richard Lindheim (co-creator of the original “Equalizer” TV series that ran on CBS for four seasons), Shakim Compere and Liz Friedlander (pilot director) are executive producers.

“B Positive,” from Chuck Lorre and Marco Pennette, stars Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”) as a therapist and newly divorced dad who is faced with finding a kidney donor when he runs into a rough-around-the-edges woman (Annaleigh Ashford) from his past who volunteers her own. Together they form an unlikely bond and begin a journey that will change both of their lives. Kether Donohue, Sara Rue and Kamryn Kunody also star.