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. to avenge his sister's alleged death and learn more about her connection to a Chinese organized crime ring. Detective Carter (Justin Hires), on the other hand, is a wisecracking cop who plays by his own rules and has never wanted a partner.
As exasperated as Carter's boss, Captain Cole (Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Wendie Malick), gets with him, she knows he's a brilliant detective who gets results. Attempting to help the two get along is Sergeant Didi Diaz (Aimee Garcia), Carter's friend and former partner who doesn't hesitate to call him out on his antics. But even as cultures clash and tempers flare, Carter and Lee can't deny they make a formidable team, and grudgingly admit that sometimes an unlikely pairing makes for a great partnership.
Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick created the series and serve as executive producers with Jeff Ingold, Jon Turteltaub. The team behind the Rush Hour movies, Arthur M. Sarkissian and Brett Ratner, will also executive produce. Jon Turteltaub directed the pilot episode, with the supporting cast including Jessika Van, Kirk Fox and Page Kennedy.
The original Rush Hour movies, 1998's Rush Hour, 2001's Rush Hour 2 and 2007's Rush Hour 3 earned $849.6 million worldwide at the box office during its theatrical run. We'll have to wait and see if this franchise's fans will flock to this show in droves as well. Do you think Rush Hour could be CBS' next huge hit when it debuts this March? Chime in with your thoughts, after watching the first trailer.