Belushi, O'Connell team up for CBS series

May 20, 2010 at 4:48 PM   |   0 comments

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NEW YORK, May 20 (UPI) -- Jim Belushi, Jerry O'Connell, Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg are set to star in new shows for the 2010-11 U.S. television season, CBS said.

The network announced this week the addition of three new dramas and two comedies to its lineup.

In addition to the previously announced "Hawaii Five-0" remake starring Daniel Dae Kim and Alex O'Loughlin, CBS said it will air "The Defenders," a comedic drama starring Belushi and O'Connell as colorful Las Vegas defense attorneys, as well as the drama "Blue Bloods" about a family of New York cops starring Selleck and Wahlberg.

Also in the works are the Twitter-inspired comedy, "$#*! My Dad Says," starring William Shatner as a father who spouts politically incorrect observations on daily life and the romantic comedy "Mike & Molly," starring Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy as a cop and teacher who find love at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting.

"We believe television's No. 1 network just got stronger," Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment, said in a statement this week. "New series will be launched behind proven hits and key scheduling moves will help grow nights. Two of the dramas, 'Hawaii Five-0' and 'The Defenders,' continue our successful evolution in the drama form -- character-driven with great humor. The third new drama, 'Blue Bloods,' introduces a police drama with a unique family spin. Our two new comedies will definitely make some noise. '$#*! My Dad Says' is based on a distinctly loud and funny Twitter feed -- led by a larger-than-life star in William Shatner. 'Mike & Molly' is a comedy on the romantic side, featuring the trademark humor of TV's reigning king of comedy, Chuck Lorre. And, the best news is that these new series join a schedule deep with hits and leadership in every program genre."

CBS also said 18 of its established hits will return in 2010-11. They include "Two and a Half Men," "NCIS," "Undercover Boss," "60 Minutes," "NCIS: Los Angeles," "The Big Bang Theory," "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race." Returning as well are "How I Met Your Mother," "Rules of Engagement," "The Good Wife," "Criminal Minds," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "The Mentalist," "Medium," "CSI: New York," "48 Hours Mystery" and "CSI: Miami."

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