Make that *Officer* D. L. Hughley.
As the comedy veteran makes his way around the country on his Comedy Get Down tour, CBS announced this week that Hughley will replace Romany Malco as one of the co-leads in Brothered Up, its new multi-camera buddy cop sitcom.
The network realized that Malco wasn't a good fit for the role after the pilot's table read last week, according to Deadline.
Hughley, 54, will play Calvin, an "emotionally guarded African-American cop" who gets paired up with "an emotionally available Pakistani cop" named Farooq (Adhir Kalyan), who are both "forced to find a way to connect as they patrol a Detroit neighborhood," IMDb writes.
"Hughley’s Calvin is described as a great cop who has always been a lone wolf but now is newly partnered with the optimistic Farooq, who has a gung-ho attitude," Deadline reported.
John C. McGinley, Merrin Dungey, Nishi Munshi, and Glynn Turman have signed on to co-star alongside Hughley and Kalyan.
Mark Gross, co-executive producer of another CBS sitcom (Man With A Plan starring Matt LeBlanc), is the pilot's writer and executive producer.
As Variety pointed out, this is the second pilot CBS has re-cast as of late; the network named Bones' David Boreanaz the new lead of its upcoming Navy SEAL drama pilot after originally giving Jim Caveiezel the part.