‘The Equalizer’ Reboot Starring Queen Latifah to Debut After Super Bowl LV

The Equalizer (Credit: CBS)

Queen Latifah’s reboot of The Equalizer is getting a big kickoff — on Super Bowl Sunday.

CBS announced Thursday that the remake will premiere immediately after the network’s broadcast of Super Bowl LV on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021.

Two weeks earlier, CBS’ hit show FBI will air immediately following the NFL’s AFC Championship Game, on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT; time is approximate after post-game coverage).

“The Super Bowl and the AFC Championship Game in primetime is the ultimate combination to promote and showcase an episode of a highly anticipated new series, a rising procedural drama and our acclaimed late night franchises,” Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment, said in a statement. “With these games and the Grammys, CBS will have the biggest audience events on television for three consecutive weeks in early 2021. I can’t think of a better way to start the new year.”

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Following its debut, The Equalizer will move to its regular Sunday time period on Feb. 14, 2021 at 8 PM ET.

The drama, which was announced a  year ago, is a re-imagining of the Equalizer TV series that ran on CBS from 1985 to 1989. The original series featured Edward Woodward as retired intelligence officer Robert McCall, and inspired two blockbuster Equalizer films starring Denzel Washington.

Academy Award nominee and multi-hyphenate Queen Latifah leads the cast of the new TV series as Robyn McCall, a woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn.

The series also stars Chris Noth as William Bishop, Lorraine Toussaint as Viola “Aunt Vi” Marsette, Tory Kittles as Det. Marcus Dante, Adam Goldberg as Harry Keshegian, Liza Lapira as Melody Bayani and Laya DeLeon Hayes as Delilah.

Andrew Marlowe, Terri Miller, Dana Owens (Queen Latifah), John Davis, John Fox, Debra Martin Chase, Richard Lindheim (co-creator of the original series), and Shakim Compere are executive producers. Liz Friedlander (American Horror Story, The Boys) directed the pilot episode. Universal Television produced the pilot in association with CBS Television Studios.

The Equalizer will debut at approximately 10 PM ET/7PM PT, immediately after the Super Bowl on Feb. 7. CBS will also air new episodes of The Late Show and The Late Late Show on Feb 7.

FBI returns to its regular Tuesday (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) time period with an original episode on Jan. 26, 2021.