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The Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons have teamed up for a new show that's headed for the small screen less than two years after their tenures as Amy Farrah Fowler and Sheldon Cooper ended. Their new show will take them from CBS to Fox, and it definitely won't be The Big Bang Theory 2.0. Called Call Me Kat, the comedy will debut in midseason next year.
Call Me Kat is scheduled to premiere in midseason of the 2020-2021 TV season on Fox, along with Season 4 of 9-1-1, Season 2 of 9-1-1: Lone Star, and freshman animated comedies Housebroken and The Great North. While Call Me Kat does hail from both Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons, they won't both be in front of the camera. Parsons is on board as an executive producer, while Bialik will both executive produce and star.
News that Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik were joining forces for another multi-camera comedy actually broke back in September 2019, although the details of the project have changed in the months since. It was originally called Carla, with Bialik naturally playing the lead character named Carla. The show's title was changed to the pithier Call Me Kat in February, and it received a straight-to-series order at Fox in March.
Call Me Kat has expanded its cast beyond Mayim Bialik, including Will & Grace alum Leslie Jordan, The Proud Family's Kyla Pratt, Mike and Molly's Swoosie Kurtz, and American Horror Story's Cheyenne Jackson. The show will follow Bialik's Kat, who is a 39-year-old woman who goes against her parents' and societal expectations to open up a cat cafe in Louisville, Kentucky. She spent the money they'd set aside for her wedding on the cat cafe.
Honestly, even without a star like Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons as an executive producer, any show including a cat cafe is bound to be at least a little bit hilarious. Between the premise and the stacked cast, Call Me Kat already has a lot going for it. Viewers just won't get a good look at the series for several months, due to the midseason debut.
A midseason premiere date means that people looking forward to the series shouldn't start planning their viewing parties just yet, since Call Me Kat presumably won't hit the airwaves until early 2021. Still, Fox's release of its schedule for fall and midseason suggests that the network fully intends to get back into production in time for a more or less regular premiere schedule, despite the production shutdowns that cut the 2019-2020 TV season short.
All things considered, Fox has a pretty solid midseason lineup already set. 9-1-1 and 9-1-1: Lone Star are both big ratings hits as dramas, and Duncanville (co-created by Parks and Rec's Amy Poehler) was evidently enough of a success for Fox in its first season to receive an order for a midseason Season 2. Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen will be back for another round as well.
Fox is so far shaping up as a prime place to be in midseason 2020-2021, although it's still early and other networks haven't all announced their plans for midseason just yet. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more on what's coming to Fox and the other networks in the 2020-2021 season, as well as the latest news in movies and TV.