Everybody Hates Chris is getting rebooted as an animated series with Chris Rock expected to return as the narrator. Beyond the probability of Rock's involvement, no other details have been revealed about the cartoon, such as if it will include any other original cast members from the live-action sitcom. In the works at CBS Studios, the new show will be taken to the marketplace, but the CBS-owned streamer Paramount+ will be in contention.
Created by Chris Rock and Ali LeRoi, Everybody Hates Chris original aired for four seasons between 2005 and 2009. Set during the mid-80s, the series is based on Rock's real-life troubled experiences as a teenager, years before he would find great fame as a comedian. Tyler James Williams starred as Chris with the cast also including Terry Crews as his father Julius, Tichina Arnold as mother Rochelle, Tequan Richmond as brother Drew, Imani Hakim as sister Tonya, and Vincent Martella as Chris's best friend Greg.
When Everybody Hates Chris ended in 2009, Rock said that the show needed to come to a close as the end of the series had matched up with his own past. With that said, it's unclear if the animated reboot will reimagine Everybody Hates Chris from scratch, or if the cartoon will instead carry over the same characters in completely fictional, cartoon-like adventures that aren't actually inspired by events from Chris Rock's real childhood.
Last year, Tyler James Williams spoke about the possibility of a reboot. Answering fan questions on Twitter, Williams said there had been talks about getting the cast back together to reboot the series, but also noted that it was hard as everyone involved was currently busy working on other projects. While it's still unclear if Williams or the other cast members will be involved in the cartoon, it's worth noting that an animated series would be an easy way to include everyone, as the actors could potentially record their voiceover work remotely.
The Everybody Hates Chris cartoon is also one of the multiple other titles announced at the studio, which also includes the Israeli drama series Shtisel getting an American remake. Oscar-winner Kenneth Lonergan will direct with Insatiable creator Lauren Gussis penning the script. Based on the Netflix-distributed series, Shtisel follows the daughter of a Hollywood power couple who falls for a Hassidic young man to whom she is powerfully drawn, with the pull so strong that she is willing to uproot her entire life to be with him.
CBS Studios has also put into development a TV series at Starz for Panther Baby, based on the memoir by Jamal Joseph. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, the series tells the coming-of-age story of a young, sheltered, Black boy who gets thrust into the Black Panther Movement where he finds his identity, cause, and manhood in late 1960s Harlem. Scott Frank, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, and Reggie Bythewood executive produce.