2016 will mark the return of old favorites and new faces in the world of television and film, and what better way to ring in the new year like another film-to-TV adaptation based on a cult-hit film series. If you won't be stuck in morning traffic, you may have the chance to catch Rush Hour: The series when it premieres next year. The show is based on the 1998 action-comedy film series of the same name, which went on to spawn sequels such as Rush Hour 2 and Rush Hour 3. The TV show will focus on a younger version of the duo and how they form an unlikely partnership to solve a case.
Here's the basic premise:
The series follows Detective Carter, a radical LAPD detective, and Detective Lee, a by-the-book detective from Hong Kong, as they are forced into forming an unlikely partnership.
The series actually show promise if it is handled well. The film series didn't really take it self seriously since it primarily focused on the chemistry between lead actors, Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, who made the series iconic and memorable. The formula for most mismatched cop dramas/comedies is definitely being followed here since Detective Lee will still be the straight-arrow do-gooder who tries to solve the case above all else, while maintaining his sense of honor and professionalism. Then we have Detective Carter, a cop with an attitude who prefers to work alone, and sees Lee as ankle-weight that he doesn't want to be stuck with. This is your basic fish-out-of-water story combined will two unlikely people forced to work together, but eventually come to some kind of mutual understanding.
While the premise and tone for the show seems impossible to mess up, it still runs the risk of not striking the proper blend of action and comedy, and coming across as "confusing" or "all over the place". The people behind this show need to do more than coast on the buddy-cop formula, but also try to give the show a voice of its own and make it distinguishable from similar shows and programs. CBS has a history of creating shows that are either too light or too silly to be fully enjoyed and appreciated. Hopefully the project turns out to be a success and benefit all parties involved, because this series is dripping with potential if it hits the ground running.