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By John Kennedy

New York City has set the scene for some of TV’s most memorable cop shows over the decades, from CBS’s Kojak in the ’70s through Cagney & Lacey in the ’80s to Blue Bloods today. This season the tradition continues with the new Sunday night drama East New York. To get you up to speed, here’s the inside scoop on the characters’ back stories, ranks, personalities, and more.

Watch East New York Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT and catch it streaming on Paramount+.

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Deputy Inspector Regina Haywood (Amanda Warren)

\u200b Amanda Warren as Regina Haywood listens intently to her cell phone while wearing her NYPD shirt and tie as other members of the precinct stand in the background.

Amanda Warren as Regina Haywood in the episode “Snapped”

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Recently promoted to lead the 74th Precinct in East New York, Haywood finds herself back in the working-class Brooklyn neighborhood she grew up in and loves. She embraces her new role as an opportunity to serve its people while bringing innovative ideas to policing, like encouraging cops to live in the community. She knows she must win the respect and trust of the skeptical officers under her command as well as the local citizens who rely on the NYPD for protection but are wary of cops nonetheless. Whatever she hopes to accomplish, she must move fast. Time and rising crime rates are not on her side.

She is single and lives alone in a Brooklyn brownstone apartment with her beloved German shepherd. Her doting mother Shirley, who lives nearby, would like to change her daughter’s single status—and the fact that she is estranged from her father Maurice.

Chief John Suarez (Jimmy Smits)

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Jimmy Smits as Chief John Suarez in the pilot episode of East New York

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This highly decorated NYPD officer commands the broader Brooklyn area—and the admiration of the units he oversees, particularly minority officers who are inspired by his personal journey and leadership. Haywood’s mentor and friend, he hand-picked her to lead the 74th. As a shrewd player of the long game, he generally supports her vision for change but advocates caution in moving forward. While Haywood sometimes bristles at his restraint, she knows he has her six and will listen to her ideas with an open mind.

Like Haywood, Suarez has roots in the East New York community, where his mother Rosa still resides and his brother Father Frank pastors a Catholic church.

Captain Stan Yenko (Richard Kind)

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Richard Kind as Captain Stan Yenko in the pilot episode of East New York

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Yenko nominated himself as Haywood’s top aide and was pleasantly surprised when she took him up on the offer as one of her first leadership decisions. It was a smart move since he’s an avid supporter of her plans for the precinct and has her back when critics in the department and the media attack. While his encyclopedic knowledge of NYPD history (and trivia of all sorts) can be annoying, it can also prove surprisingly helpful in solving cases. As for his personal life … his job is his personal life.

Detective Tommy Killian (Kevin Rankin)

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Kevin Rankin as Detective Tommy Killian in the episode “Court on the Street”

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A tough, honest cop, Killian thinks that, despite its flaws, the system works best without tinkering by would-be reformers like Regina. His skepticism of her ideas is nothing personal. He just thinks they’re wishful thinking.

He’s an avid baseball fan who lives with his independent-minded girlfriend Corrine, who—with Tommy’s help and support—just purchased Goody’s, a local bar-restaurant that serves as an after-hours hangout for the cops of the 74th.

Detective Crystal Morales (Elizabeth Rodriguez)

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Elizabeth Rodriguez as Detective Crystal Morales in the pilot episode of East New York

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Morales enjoys a mutually respectful relationship with her case partner Tommy. Like him, she has great investigative instincts. Unlike him though, she’s more apt to give Haywood and her techniques a chance. She and Yenko are recognized as the precinct’s best detective team. Like her astrological sign Leo, she is confident, big-hearted, and protective of the people and principles she cares about.

Officer Marvin Sandeford (Ruben Santiago-Hudson)

\u200bRuben Santiago-Hudson as Officer Marvin Sandeford wears his NYPD uniform and smiles as he extends an arm to a man in a cap facing away from the camera.

Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Officer Marvin Sandeford in the pilot episode of East New York

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A veteran beat cop and training officer, Sandeford knows East New York like the back of his hand. He knows what’s going down where—and the rare times he doesn’t, he knows who to lean on to find out. Like Yenko, he’s a bit old-school in his approach to policing and somewhat skeptical of his new boss’s plans for change. He is loyal to the law and the badge but willing to buck the brass to defend fellow officers, particularly younger ones facing injustice within the department.

In his downtime, Sandeford can be found hanging out at Goody’s, where he almost always orders the same thing. (“I don’t mess with success,” he says.) He’s also a fan of classic TV cop shows (especially the comedies), going all the way back to Barney Miller and Car 54, Where Are You?

Officer Andre Bentley (Lavel Schley)

Lavel Schley as Officer Andre Bentley wears his uniform and sits in the passenger seat of a car next to Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Officer Marvin Sandeford.

Lavel Schley as Officer Andre Bentley with Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Officer Marvin Sandeford

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An idealistic rookie officer being trained by Sandeford, Bentley is a young Black man from an upper middle class family who feels called to protect and serve less fortunate members of the community. He can be naïve when it comes to mixing it up with the community (his hat gets stolen during an impromptu pick-up basketball game with local youth) and his interactions with the NYPD establishment.

Officer Brandy Quinlan (Olivia Luccardi)

\u200bOlivia Luccardi as Officer Brandy Quinlan sits in the witness box in a courtroom wearing her NYPD uniform.

Olivia Luccardi as Officer Brandy Quinlan in the episode “Court on the Street”

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Quinlan is an earnest young patrol officer who believes in Regina Haywood’s community policing vision and is the first (and so far only) officer in the 74th to volunteer to move into an East New York Community housing project.

To the protective Officer Sandeford, her new friend Officer Bentley, and all those who doubt the white girl is tough enough to handle the assignment, she points out that she grew up in a rough, diverse section of Yonkers and knows how to navigate dicey situations. She also enjoys a friendship with Captain Yenko, who is learning Italian, giving her a chance to brush up on the language she learned during her time in Italy when she was 16.

Watch East New York Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT and catch it streaming on Paramount+.

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By Nate Millado

Good things come to those who wait. It's been a longer-than-usual layoff between seasons, but starting Nov. 5, CBS rolls out its pandemic-delayed premieres. Some of your returning favorites tackle timely issues, like COVID-19 (NCIS: New Orleans, Bull) and racial injustice (The Neighborhood, All Rise, S.W.A.T.).

Others deal with major life changes (Young Sheldon says hello to college). And king of comedy Chuck Lorre's latest, B Positive, joins a laugh-out-loud comedy block on Thursdays.

Here's a preview of all 15 series premiering in November—and when to tune in!

Young Sheldon—Season 4 premieres Thursday, Nov. 5

Sheldon in a blue cap and gown at his graduation ceremony

Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage) graduates from high school!

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Sheldon (Iain Armitage) is college-bound! But not to CalTech—at least not yet. Instead, the boy genius will finish his undergrad degree closer to home—at East Texas Tech. Sheldon had to convince his mom in the Season 3 finale.

George Sr. (Lance Barber) drew up a game plan to get Mary (Zoe Perry) on board: shooting a "Why Sheldon Cooper Should Go to College" video (an early nod to the "Fun with Flags" web series Sheldon later hosts with Amy on The Big Bang Theory). In the Season 4 premiere, Sheldon breaks down when he realizes he may not be ready for college.

A new season of Young Sheldon premieres Thursday, Nov. 5 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

B Positive—New series premieres Thursday, Nov. 5

Gina and Drew reconnect

Annaleigh Ashford as Gina and Thomas Middleditch as Drew.

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Newly divorced dad Drew (Thomas Middleditch) desperately needs a donor kidney. Enter Gina (Annaleigh Ashford), a rough-around-the-edges blast from his past who volunteers hers.

B Positive premieres Thursday, Nov. 5 at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Mom—Season 8 premieres Thursday, Nov. 5

Bonnie and friends have a sleepover

Pictured (L-R): Jaime Pressly as Jill, Kristen Johnston as Tammy, Allison Janney as Bonnie, Mimi Kennedy as Marjorie, and Beth Hall as Wendy.

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After seven seasons, star Anna Faris decided to exit the long-running mom-com. So what'll happen to Christy Plunkett? Find out in the Season 8 premiere. Also: When Bonnie (Allison Janney) invites the ladies over for a slumber party, childhood games reveal adult problems.

NCIS: Los Angeles—Season 12 premieres Sunday, Nov. 8

Special Agent Sam Hanna and Special Agent G. Callen.

LL Cool J (Special Agent Sam Hanna) and Chris O'Donnell (Special Agent G. Callen).

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A Russian bomber goes missing while flying over U.S. soil in the episode titled, "The Bear." Callen (Chris O'Donnell) and Sam (LL COOL J) head to the desert to track down the aircraft and secure its weapons and intel before the Russians on board destroy the plane. Meanwhile, Hetty (Linda Hunt) puts Nell (Renée Felice Smith) in charge of a cryptic assignment.

Watch NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

NCIS: New Orleans—Season 7 premieres Sunday, Nov. 8

Dwayne Pride wears a mask at the bar

Chelsea Field as Rita Devereaux and Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride.

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Laissez les bons temps rouler because Pride and the team are back in the Big Easy!

As you can see from a masked Scott Bakula, NCIS: New Orleans will address the pandemic in the premiere. Pride sends Tammy (Vanessa Ferlito) and Carter (Charles Michael Davis) to investigate a suspicious death aboard a humanitarian ship offshore, where they learn that some crew members are infected with COVID-19. Also, Wade (CCH Pounder) is overwhelmed by the high volume in the morgue due to the deadly disease.

Stream NCIS: New Orleans episodes on Paramount+.

S.W.A.T.—Season 4 premieres Wednesday, Nov. 11

Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson talks to his teenage charge

Shemar Moore as Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson and Deshae Frost as Darryl.

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Get ready for a double dose of Hondo (Shemar Moore) when S.W.A.T. returns with a two-hour premiere!

The first installment takes on racial tension between law enforcement and the Black community, flashing back to '92 L.A. following the Rodney King verdict. In the second hour, team S.W.A.T. goes on a stakeout for the CIA to confirm whether an international crime lord has resurfaced after being off-grid for years. Also, Tan's (David Lim) mother is a victim of racial discrimination, and Hondo encounters his ex Nichelle (Rochelle Aytes) for the first time since their breakup.

A new season of S.W.A.T. premieres Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

The Unicorn—Season 2 premieres Thursday, Nov. 12

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Walton Goggins as Wade.

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For the uninitiated, a "unicorn" is a perfect guy: employed, attractive, and with a proven track record of commitment.

Widowed Wade (Walton Goggins) waded back into the dating pool during the first season. But in the Season 2 premiere, he makes an instant connection with a mystery woman he briefly meets in a parking lot—played by his Justified costar Natalie Zea! While Wade is determined to find whoever-she-was again, his daughter Natalie (Makenzie Moss) tries to convince him she's old enough to get her ears pierced. Also: Michelle (Maya Lynne Robinson) awaits her fate from the colleges she applied to for her business degree.

A new season of The Unicorn premieres Thursday, Nov. 12 at 9:30/8:30c on CBS and CBS All Access. Catch up now on CBS All Access.

The Neighborhood—Season 3 premieres Monday, Nov. 16

Calvin, Tina, Gemma, Dave and Marty

Cedric the Entertainer (Calvin Butler), Tichina Arnold (Tina Butler), Beth Behrs (Gemma Johnson), Max Greenfield (Dave Johnson), and Marcel Spears (Marty Butler).

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The Neighborhood doesn't shy away from timely issues—like white privilege in its first season finale, "Welcome to the Conversation." Now the sitcom is addressing the Black Lives Matter movement.

For its Season 3 premiere, "Welcome to the Movement," the Butlers (Tichina Arnold and Cedric the Entertainer) and the Johnsons (Beth Behrs and Max Greenfield) unite when a member of their community is the victim of racial injustice.

A new season of The Neighborhood premieres Monday, Nov. 16, at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Bob ♥ Abishola—Season 2 premieres Monday, Nov. 16

Abishola and Bob on a park bench for their coffee date

Folake Olowofoyeku as Abishola and Billy Gardell as Bob.

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First comes love, then comes marriage? Season 1 tracked the unlikely courtship between sock salesman Bob (Billy Gardell) and Nigerian nurse Abishola (Folake Olowofoyeku).

In the Season 2 premiere, Bob enlists the help of Uncle Tunde (Barry Shabaka Henley) to buy an engagement ring. But his plans to propose might be on ice when Abishola thinks traditional marriage is more trouble than it's worth.

A new season of Bob ♥️ Abishola premieres Monday, Nov. 16 at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

All Rise—Season 2 premieres Monday, Nov. 16

Lola Carmichael is detained in front of a cop car

Boone Platt as Deputy Wilson and Simone Missick as Lola Carmichael.

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Lola (Simone Missick) is detained during a protest while defending a teen girl, amid an escalating encounter with the cops. Through a series of flashbacks, details emerge surrounding that fateful night that'll have long-lasting effects on Lola, Mark (Wilson Bethel), Emily (Jessica Camacho), and Luke (J. Alex Brinson). Also, to help with the court backlog due to closures caused by COVID-19, Lola hires an outspoken clerk Ness (Samantha Marie Ware) who clashes with Sherri (Ruthie Ann Miles).

Bull—Season 5 premieres Monday, Nov. 16

Dr. Jason Bull and Taylor Rentzel

Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull and MacKenzie Meehan as Taylor Rentzel.

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When we last saw Bull (Michael Weatherly) and his group of experts at Trial Analysis Corporation, they helped Taylor (MacKenzie Meehan) bring a civil suit against the woman who killed her best friend in a hit-and-run. In its fifth season premiere, the TAC team struggles to adjust to a virtual court system as they ride out the NYC shutdown due to the pandemic.

A new season of Bull premieres Monday, Nov. 16 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.

NCIS—Season 18 premieres Tuesday, Nov. 17

NCIS special agents

Victoria Platt as NCIS Special Agent Veronica "Ronnie" Tyler, Wilmer Valderrama as NCIS Special Agent Nicholas "Nick" Torres, Mark Harmon as NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

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TV's most watched entertainment program returns for its 18th season! Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and Fornell (Joe Spano) try to track down the leader of a drug ring who supplied drugs to Fornell's daughter. Also, the team deals with the case of a missing cadaver from the NCIS autopsy room.

A new season of NCIS premieres Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access. Catch up now on CBS All Access.

FBI—Season 3 premieres Tuesday, Nov. 17

Special agents of the FBI

Zeeko Zaki as Special Agent Omar Adom 'OA' Zidan, Josh Segarra as Nestor Vertiz and Missy Peregrym as Special Agent Maggie Bell.

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FBI is back—and so is Maggie (Missy Peregrym) from her undercover assignment. The team welcomes a new member, Special Agent Tiffany Wallace (Katherine Renee Turner) as they search for killers who orchestrated a mass shooting at a media company. OA's (Zeeko Zaki) personal connection with the case threatens to cloud his judgement.

A new season of FBI premieres Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

FBI: Most Wanted—Season 2 premieres Tuesday, Nov. 17

Special agents holding guns

Kellan Lutz as Special Agent Kenny Crosby and Julian McMahon as Supervisory Special Agent Jess LaCroix.

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A hacker triggers a car crash that kills a family of three. The team races against the clock to hunt him down as his ransom demands escalate—and his chilling final target becomes apparent.

A new season of FBI: Most Wanted premieres Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.

SEAL Team—Season 4 premieres Wednesday, Dec. 2

Bravo Team in a snowy mountain range

AJ Buckley as Sonny Quinn, David Boreanaz as Jason Hayes, and Max Thieriot as Clay Spenser.

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Bravo One himself (David Boreanaz) directed this dramatic opener, the first episode of a two-parter. Bravo Team enters enemy territory in the snowy Spin Ghar Mountain Range to capture Al-Hazred, the leader of a terrorist group and son of the terrorist leader who Jason took down early in his career, a feat that made him Bravo One. When they're attacked, Jason and Cerberus, Bravo's canine member, are separated from the team.

A new season of SEAL Team premieres Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

MacGyver—Season 5 premieres Friday, Dec. 4

Lucas Till as Angus "Mac" MacGyver, Henry Ian Cusick as Russ Taylor.

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First, the good news: The Mac pack is back and has a lead on a woman with vital intel on Codex. Now, the bad news: their target has a new secret identity—and a completely new face! Best of luck to Angus (Lucas Till) and the team, which infiltrates a glam hotel that doubles as an international criminal hideout to track her down.

A new season of MacGyver premieres Friday, Dec. 4 at 8/7c on CBS, Catch up now on CBS All Access.

Magnum P.I.—Season 3 premieres Friday, Dec. 4

\u200bJay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum and Perdita Weeks as Juliet Higgins.

Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum and Perdita Weeks as Juliet Higgins.

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In May's finale, Magnum (Jay Hernandez) made a last-ditch effort to keep Higgins (Perdita Weeks) from having to return to the British Isles. In need of a friend with deep pockets to pay for an expensive immigration lawyer, Magnum hits up his filthy rich boss. The (still-unseen) writer signed Robin's Nest over to Higgins, making her the boss and thus able to stay in the country. In the new season premiere, Magnum's new clients ask him to find their missing brother last seen on the island, Higgins is shot, and TC (Stephen Hill) is abducted!

A new season of Magnum P.I. premieres Friday, Dec. 4 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Blue Bloods—Season 11 premieres Friday, Dec. 4

Donnie Wahlberg as Danny Reagan, Marisa Ramirez as Detective Maria Baez.

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The drama addresses police brutality and the pandemic in the episode titled "Triumph Over Trauma." Frank (Tom Selleck) goes head-to-head with City Council Speaker Regina Thomas (The Stand's Whoopi Goldberg) over protests, while Eddie (Vanessa Ray) helps an abrasive woman find her father's body after it was misplaced during the outset of COVID. Elsewhere, Danny (Donnie Wahlberg ) and Baez (Marisa Ramirez) go missing while searching for a killer, so Jamie (Will Estes) and his nephew, Joe (Will Hochman) must team up to find them.

A new season of Blue Bloods premieres Friday, Dec. 4 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access. Catch up now on CBS All Access.


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