New CBS Comedy Series United States of Al, by Chuck Lorre, David Goetsch and Maria Ferrari, will premiere on Thursday April 1 and air at 9:30 p.m., succeeding The Unicorn after the show wrapped up its second 13-episode series.
With the addition of United States of Al, all four series of CBS’s two-hour Thursday comedy block come from comedy super-producer Lorre, as newcomer joins Young Sheldon, freshman B positive and Mom.
It is believed to be the first time that a comedy writer-producer has controlled an entire two-hour block of half-hour programming on a network.
Lorre already set a new record on CBS when United States of Al was picked up, giving him five series on CBS, including Monday’s entry Bob loves Abishola. (His previous record was four series on the network.) Lorre also has the Golden Globe-winning Netflix comedy series. The Kominsky method, bringing his record to six series on the air. This is equivalent to the record held by television icon Norman Lear, who had six prime-time network comedies during the 1975-1976 season.
Created by Goetsch and Ferrari, United States of Al stars Adhir Kalyan and Parker Young in a comedy about the friendship between Riley (Young), a Marine combat veteran struggling to readjust to civilian life in Ohio, and Awalmir (“Al”) (Kalyan ), the interpreter who served with his unit in Afghanistan and has just arrived to start a new life in America. Elizabeth Alderfer, Dean Norris, Kelli Goss and Farrah Mackenzie are also on the bill.
Goetsch & Ferrari, Lorre, Reza Aslan, Mahyad Tousi and director Mark Cendrowski (driver only) are executive producers of Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre Productions.