Everything about The Red Line is a little bit different. To compete with the streamers, but unable to offer endless hours for people to binge, CBS devised an innovative way to showcase its latest limited series: broadcast two, one-hour episodes for four Sunday nights, beginning April 28. The two women behind it, Caitlin Parrish (above left) and Erica Weiss (right), are best friends, playwrights and first-time showrunners.
Tonight, CBS will telecast the season finale of its breakout comedy hit The Neighborhood – one of two new series launched by the network last fall that received an early second season renewal several weeks ago. Throughout its first season, The Neighborhood opened a dialogue about gentrification and showed viewers that people of all backgrounds really aren't very different at all. For series star and Executive Producer Cedric the Entertainer (pictured at top left opposite co-star Max Greenfield), that was critical to the development and success of the show. "The fact we are not that different was one of the key things (series creator) Jim (Reynolds) and I wanted to make sure of," he told MediaVillage during an exclusive interview. "And that we weren't doing a show that was going to show divisiveness. We wanted to push the envelope, tell some truths, and show that the problem is people don't know each other, yet assume they do.
Two of CBS’ big-swing freshmen series, the sitcom The Neighborhood and the spiritual drama God Friended Me, recently received well-deserved early second season renewals. Although the shows are very different, they have successfully broached such subjects as gentrification and religion through the lens of diversity and inclusion, garnering significant viewership in the process. The Neighborhood averages 8 million viewers weekly, while God Friended Me averages 10 million.