Bob ♡ Abishola
|Bob ♡ Abishola|
|Created by||Chuck Lorre|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||Chuck Lorre|
|Production company(s)||Chuck Lorre Productions|
Warner Bros. Television
Bob ♡ Abishola (pronounced "Bob Hearts Abishola") is an upcoming American sitcom television series created by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, Al Higgins, and Gina Yashere set to premiere on September 23, 2019 on CBS. Starring Billy Gardell and Folake Olowofoyeku as the title characters, with Maribeth Monroe, Matt Jones, Vernee Watson, Shola Adewusi, Barry Shabaka Henley, Travis Wolfe Jr., and Christine Ebersole in supporting roles.
- Billy Gardell as Bob: a man who owns a compression sock factory in Detroit. When he has a heart attack because of the business and his family, he wakes at the hospital where he meets a Nigerian nurse and falls in love.
- Folake Olowofoyeku as Abishola: an immigrant Nigerian nurse who lives with her son, aunt and uncle in a small apartment.
- Christine Ebersole as Dottie: Bob, Douglas and Christina's mother.
- Maribeth Monroe as Christina: Dottie's daughter and Bob and Douglas' sister.
- Matt Jones as Douglas: Dottie's son and Bob and Christina's brother. He works for his brother.
- Vernee Watson as Gloria: The receptionist of the hospital where Abishola works.
- Shola Adewusi as Olu: Abishola's aunt and Tunde's wife.
- Barry Shabaka Henley as Tunde: Abishola's uncle and Olu's husband.
- Travis Wolfe Jr. as Dele: Abishola's son
On October 5, 2018, it was announced that CBS had given the production an early pilot order. The pilot was written by Chuck Lorre who executive produces alongside with Eddie Gorodetsky, Al Higgins and Gina Yashere. Production companies involved with the pilot include Chuck Lorre Productions and Warner Bros. Television. On May 6, 2019, it was announced that the production had been given a series order. A day after that, it was announced that the series would premiere in the fall of 2019 and air on Mondays at 8:30 p.m. The series is set to debut on September 23, 2019.
On December 17, 2018, it was announced that seven co-leads opposite Billy Gardell and Folake Olowofoyeku as the title characters, including Maribeth Monroe, Matt Jones, Shola Adewusi, Barry Shabaka Henley, Travis Wolfe Jr. and Christine Ebersole had been cast in the pilot's lead roles.
This is Gardell's second starring role in a CBS sitcom, after Mike & Molly, which ran from 2010 to 2016 and was also executive produced by Lorre; in addition, Gardell has a recurring role on Young Sheldon as Herschel Sparks, a neighbor of the title character. In addition, Matt Jones is an alum of fellow Lorre/CBS series Mom.
On May 15, 2019, CBS released the first official trailer for the series.
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- Petski, Denise; Andreeva, Nellie (June 13, 2019). "CBS Sets Fall Premiere Dates: 'Bob ♥ Abishola', 'All Rise', 'Evil', 'Young Sheldon', 'NCIS', 'Blue Bloods' & More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
- Petski, Denise (December 17, 2018). "'Bob Hearts Abishola': Folake Olowofoyeku, Christine Ebersole, Maribeth Monroe Among Six Cast In Chuck Lorre Comedy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
- Petski, Denise (May 15, 2019). "CBS New Series Trailers: 'Bob Hearts Abishola', 'Carol's Second Act', 'Evil', 'All Rise', 'FBI: Most Wanted', More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 15, 2019.