CBS reimagines ‘Equalizer’, ‘The Silence of the Lambs’

NEW YORK (AP) — Queen Latifah, Rebecca Breeds and Thomas Middleditch are set to star in three new CBS shows for the 2020-21 season as the network adds a reimagined Equalizer, a show based on The Silence of the Lambs and a comedy about organ donation.

Queen Latifah steps into the role of a retired special-ops agent who fiercely believes in justice in Equalizer, playing a character previously portrayed on TV and film by Edward Woodward and Denzel Washington.

Breeds, of Pretty Little Liars fame, will play FBI Agent Clarice Starling in Clarice as she returns to the field in 1993, six months after the events of The Silence of the Lambs. Chris Noth and Lorraine Toussaint also star.

Middleditch of Silicon Valley teams up with Broadway veteran Annaleigh Ashford for the comedy B Positive, by creators Chuck Lorre and Marco Pennette. The show is about a newly divorced dad who finds a kidney donor in a woman from his past.

Earlier this week, CBS announced the return of 23 series, including the NCIS family, Young Sheldon, All Rise, Blue Bloods, Bull, Magnum P.I., The Neighborhood, The Unicorn, Bob Hearts Abishola and Evil.

CBS is dropping some big-name stars and their shows: the Edie Falco drama Tommy and sitcoms Carol’s Second Act with Patricia Heaton, Man with a Plan starring Matt LeBlanc and Broke with Pauley Perrette. Previously cancelled shows include Hawaii Five-0 and Criminal Minds.

Queen Latifah at the MTV Video Music Awards in Newark. PHOTO: AP