Yes! You heard it right, the 1980s popular CBS series ‘The Equalizer’ is getting its long (loooooong) awaited reboot. Many fans know about The Equalizer based on the movies starring Denzel Washington that premiered in 2014 and 2018 and were directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), but long before that existed the 80s television series popularised by Edward Woodward who played a man with a mysterious past who uses his skills as a former intelligence agent to help decent and innocent people in need.
The season premiered on February 7, 2021, at 8 pm ET on CBS. The production of the show had to be shut down in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Queen Latifah plays Robyn McCall, a.k.a “The Equalizer,” who is a divorced single mom to a teenage daughter. Just like her forerunners, Robyn McCall is a skilled vigilante for justice for those who have nowhere else to turn, along with none other than the Sex and The City star Chris North as Robyn’s former but quirky CIA handler. Other than that, Layla DeLeon can be seen in the role of Delilah (Robyn’s daughter), and Lorraine Toussaint is Aunt Frieda, aka Aunt Fry, who also lives with Robyn and Delilah. Some other supporting characters include Tory Kittles as NYPD Detective Marcus Dante, Adam Goldberg as Robyn’s eccentric tech support Harry Keshegian, Liza Lapira as Melody Chu, a former military sniper turned bar owner who is a friend of Robyn’s.
Robyn is a mysterious guardian angel of the downtrodden who is on a path of pursuit for redemption. The first case up is a haunted teen falsely accused of murder and needing Robyn’s help.
In a small 30 second video (not available now), Terri Miller mentioned how great it was to get Queen Latifah, to call her a “badass” and funny, someone that people could trust. Andrew Marlowe said that having a female lead in the series instead of a male made it more “relevant.”
“This is one of the only jobs I’ve ever taken in my life where someone asked me the question one time, and I said yes immediately,” Queen Latifah said.