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EQUALIZER, THE
Air Date: Sunday, February 07, 2021
Time Slot: 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on CBS
Episode Title: (#EQU101) "The Equalizer"
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ACADEMY AWARD(R)
NOMINEE AND MULTI-HYPHENATE QUEEN LATIFAH STARS AS ROBYN MCALL, AN ENIGMATIC FORMER CIA OPERATIVE WHO USES HER EXTENSIVE SKILLS TO HELP THOSE WITH NOWHERE ELSE TO TURN, IN THE SERIES PREMIERE OF THE RE-IMAGINED CLASSIC SERIES "THE EQUALIZER," SUNDAY, FEB. 7 AFTER "SUPERBOWL LV"

"The Equalizer" Moves to Sundays at 8:00 PM, ET/PT Beginning Feb. 14

Chris Noth, Lorraine Toussaint, Tory Kittles, Adam Goldberg, Liza Lapira and Laya DeLeon Hayes Also Star

"The Equalizer" - Academy Award(R)
nominee and multi-hyphenate Queen Latifah stars as Robyn McCall, an enigmatic former CIA operative who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. As McCall acclimates to civilian life, she is compelled to use her considerable resources to help Jewel (Lorna Courtney)
, a teenager accused of murder and on the run from the criminals who framed her for the crime, on the series premiere of the re-imagined classic series THE EQUALIZER, to be broadcast immediately following CBS Sports' broadcast of SUPER BOWL LV on Sunday, Feb. 7 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT; time is approximate after post-game coverage)
on the CBS Television Network. THE EQUALIZER will move to its regular Sunday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) time period on Feb. 14.

Chris Noth, Lorraine Toussaint, Tory Kittles, Adam Goldberg, Liza Lapira and Laya DeLeon Hayes also star.

Robyn McCall (Queen Latifah)
presents to most as an average single mom who is quietly raising her teenage daughter. But to a trusted few, she is The Equalizer - an anonymous guardian angel and defender of the downtrodden, who's also dogged in her pursuit of personal redemption. Robyn's clandestine work remains a secret from her smart and observant daughter, Delilah (Laya DeLeon Hayes)
, and her aunt Vi (Lorraine Toussaint)
, who lives with Robyn to help her balance life as a working mother. Joining Robyn as champions of justice are William Bishop (Chris Noth)
, her former CIA handler and longtime friend; Melody "Mel" Bayani (Liza Lapira)
, an edgy bar owner and a colleague from Robyn's past; and Harry Keshegian (Adam Goldberg)
, a paranoid and brilliant white-hat hacker. As Robyn aids the oppressed and exploited, her work garners the attention of shrewd NYPD Detective Marcus Dante (Tory Kittles)
, who doggedly seeks to uncover the identity of the vigilante known as The Equalizer.

REGULAR CAST:

Queen Latifah (Robyn McCall)
Tory Kittles (Detective Marcus Dante)
Adam Goldberg (Harry Keshegian)
Liza Lapira (Melody "Mel" Bayani)
Laya DeLeon Hayes (Delilah)
With: Lorraine Toussaint (Viola "Vi" Marsette)
And: Chris Noth (William Bishop)

GUEST CAST:

Michael Rady (Reese Pruitt)
Lorna Courtney (Jewel Machado)
Erica Camarano (Detective Paley)
Omara Torres II (Officer Hollister)
Daniel Passaro (Henry Willard)
Jimonn Cole (James Burke)
Wadi Jones (Chance Covac)
Adam Fiengold (Douchie Guy)
Kazy Tauginas (Dmitry)
Jamie Geiger (Finance Bro)
Cormac Bluestone (Jack Gaynor)
Meg Bussert (Old Lady)
Smitty Chai (Officer Nolan)

WRITTEN BY: Andrew W. Marlowe & Terri Edda Miller

BASED ON: The original series by Richard Lindheim & Michael Sloan

DIRECTED BY: Liz Friedlander

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EQUALIZER, THE (CBS)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
2/7/21 - ???
STATUS:
currently airing (spring 2021)
TIME SLOT:
sundays from 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
1 (10 episodes)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
Season 2 ordered on 3/9/21
DESCRIPTION:
(from CBS's press release, March 2021) CBS announced today that it has renewed television's #1 entertainment series, THE EQUALIZER starring Queen Latifah, for a second season. "THE EQUALIZER has proven more than equal to the task of engaging viewers and racking up wins on Sunday night," said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment. "We're extremely proud to see this outstanding broadcast drama, led by Queen Latifah, punch through the competitive landscape and return for a second season." After four episodes, the CBS original series THE EQUALIZER is television's #1 scripted series in viewers, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49, averaging 14.6 million viewers. The series premiere on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7, was the most-watched debut of the 2020-2021 season, delivering 23.8 million viewers, and scored the best viewer and demo numbers for any entertainment program since the Academy Awards on Feb. 9, 2020. In addition, it retained 40% of the SUPER BOWL post-game show's total audience, the best post-game retention for any scripted show since the half-hour "New Girl" telecast in 2014 (40%) and best hour-long scripted retention since "Glee" in 2011 (41%). THE EQUALIZER is a reimagining of the classic series starring Academy Award® nominee and multi-hyphenate Queen Latifah ("Chicago," "Bessie") as Robyn McCall, an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills as a former CIA operative to help those with nowhere else to turn. McCall presents to most as an average single mom who is quietly raising her teenage daughter. But to a trusted few, she is The Equalizer - an anonymous guardian angel and defender of the downtrodden, who's also dogged in her pursuit of personal redemption.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Adam Goldberg as Harry Keshegian
· Chris Noth as William Bishop
· Laya DeLeon Hayes as Delilah
· Liza Lapira as Melody Zhao
· Lorraine Toussaint as Viola "Aunt Vi" Lascombe
· Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall
· Tory Kittles as Marcus Dante
CREW INFORMATION:
· Andrew Marlowe as CRTR/EP
· Debra Martin Chase as EP
· John Davis as EP
· John Fox as EP
· Liz Friedlander as EP/DIR (Pilot)
· Queen Latifah as EP
· Richard Lindheim as EP/CRTR (Original Series)
· Shakim Compere as EP
· Terri Miller as CRTR/EP
GENRE(S):
· based on a tv series
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· CBS Television Studios
· Davis Entertainment
· Flavor Unit Entertainment
· Martin Chase Productions
· Universal Television