Damon Wayans’ ‘Poppa’s House’ and ‘Matlock’ Reboot Delayed to 2024-2025 Season

Damon Wayans' 'Poppa's House' and 'Matlock' Reboot Delayed to 2024-2025 Season

CBS’ winter schedule announcement highlights a significant release shift, with Poppa’s House and Matlock premieres being delayed. The newtork revealed its midseason lineup on Monday, which movies its new series Poppa’s House and Matlock from its 2023-2024 season to 2024-2025 season.

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Poppa’s House stars Wayans and Damon Wayans Jr. and centers on legendary talk radio host (Damon Wayans) who is facing challenges to both at work and home. At work where a new female co-host (played by Essence Atkins) is introduced, and at home, where he navigates parenting his adult son (Wayans Jr.), a brilliant dreamer striving to pursue his passions while balancing responsibilities. Tetona Jackson also stars in the series as Nina.

These projects secured series orders at CBS in May alongside the Good Wife spinoff Elsbeth, scheduled to premiere on Thursday, Feb. 29 at 10/9c. However, as the simultaneous WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes unfolded this year, speculation arose about broadcast networks potentially postponing new series to the next fall—an approach already taken by ABC with the Kaitlin Olson detective drama, High Potential.

Inspired by the classic Andy Griffith show, CBS’ Matlock “reimagining” stars Kathy Bates as Madeline Matlock, a brilliant septuagenarian rejoining the workforce at a prestigious law firm. Her unassuming demeanor and clever tactics are employed to win cases and expose corruption from within. The cast includes Skye P. Marshall, Jason Ritter, David Del Rio, and Leah Lewis.

CBS’ midseason lineup kicks off after the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 11, with the debut of Tracker starring Justin Hartley.

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The bulk of CBS’ scripted roster is set to return with new episodes in February, featuring comedies like Ghosts and Young Sheldon, as well as dramas including the NCIS and FBI franchises, each running between 10-13 episodes through May.

CBS’ schedule remains consistent with its May announcement, although delays caused by the writers and performers strikes have resulted in shorter broadcast original seasons.

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