Terry Crews Headlining CBS Comedy Pilot “JumpStart”

Terry Crews at the HCA Film Awards in February 2023
Terry Crews at the HCA Film Awards in February 2023. Photo by Stewart Cook/Shutterstock for HCA (13781904cw)

We haven’t seen Terry Crews play a major TV role ever since Brooklyn Nine-Nine ended its run, but that’s about to change. He’s getting ready to headline and executive produce JumpStart, CBS’ upcoming multi-camera comedy pilot.

JumpStart is based on Robb Armstrong’s long-running comic strip, which originally debuted in 1989. It centers on a Philadelphia cop Joseph L. Cobb (Crews), who is also a proud Black man and often feels pressured to be flawless in each of his roles, as a husband, son, father, and police officer.

Wayne Conley (The Best Man) penned the script for the TV adaptation of Armstrong’s comics, while Phill Lewis is on board to direct and executive produce the pilot. Crews is also co-producing with Aaron Kaplan and Melanie Frankel of Kapital Entertainment, Wendi Trilling of TrillTV, Troy Zien, and Robb Armstrong’s producer Bridget McMeel.

Crews is best known for his role in the acclaimed sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which ended its run in 2021. He hasn’t played a main TV role since this series went off the air, but he’s been pretty busy hosting NBC’s America’s Got Talent. He also made guest appearances on several TV shows in the meantime, such as Tales of the Walking Dead and Space Force.