CBS still has plans on the table to bring the old Andy Griffith show Matlock back on the air in a different format. But the network announced on Monday that it is moving the show, which will star Kathy Bates, back to the 2024-25 season.
What will this version of Matlock look like? According to the network, Kathy Bates will play Madeline Matlock, who is a “brilliant septuagenarian” who “rejoins the workforce at a prestigious law firm where she uses her unassuming demeanor and wily tactics to win cases and expose corruption from within.”
Besides Kathy Bates, others on the show will include Skye P. Marshall (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Jason Ritter (Parenthood), David Del Rio (The Baker and the Beauty), and Leah Lewis (Nancy Drew), TV Line reports.
Before ‘Matlock’ Project, Kathy Bates Almost Left Business
Incidentally, Bates was about through with show business up until she received word about the Matlock project.
“After I swore to my agent—I said, ‘That’s it, I’m done; I’m out of here’—I got offered this Matlock pilot,” Bates said in an interview with Parade that appeared in Southern Living. “They called me one Friday afternoon. They said, ‘Listen, they’re doing a pilot of Matlock. You have to read the script. You have to let them know by Monday.’”
This news about Matlock appears on the same day that the network announced its winter schedule.
Another show that had been penciled in was the Wayans’ Poppa’s House. But it, too, has been shoved back to the 2024-25 season. Matlock and Poppa’s House had received series orders from CBS back in May. The Good Wife. spinoff Elsbeth, which stars Carrie Preston and debuts Thursday, Feb. 29, at 10/9c, also got a go-ahead at the same time.
Damon Wayans’ New Show Also Will Be On CBS
Yet things had to be moved around due to the simultaneous WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Speculation ran rampant that broadcast networks might push some of their new series to next fall. ABC has done this with the Kaitlin Olson detective drama High Potential.
Poppa’s House, meanwhile, stars Damon Wayans as a “legendary talk radio host who has his point of view challenged at work when a new female co-host (played by Half & Half‘s Essence Atkins) is hired, and at home where he finds himself still parenting his adult son (Happy Endings‘ Damon Wayans Jr.), a brilliant dreamer who is trying to pursue his passion while being a responsible father and husband.” Tetona Jackson (Home Economics) also stars.
Look for CBS’ midseason lineup to come on board after the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 11. The Justin Hartley vehicle Tracker will debut that night after the game.
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