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CBS is said to be thisclose to granting a midseason, six-episode pickup to The Man, the Anthony Zuiker ( CSI)-created series starring hip-hop artist LL Cool J as an undercover LAPD cop who juggles his job with his role as self-appointed guardian to an orphaned boy.

If The Man does in fact get a green light, the pilot - which was passed on for this fall - will likely be rejiggered and reshot.