‘L.A.’s Finest,’ Starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, a Go at Charter
The 13-episode drama will premiere in 2019.
It’s official: Bad Boys spinoff L.A.’s Finest, starring Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union, is going to be Charter Communications’ first scripted series.
Charter and producers Sony Pictures Television on Tuesday announced that the drama, originally developed and passed over at NBC, has been picked up to series with a 13-episode order for a 2019 premiere on Spectrum’s platform. Additionally, Pam Veasey has joined the series as executive producer and co-showrunner alongside co-creators/co-showrunners Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier.
Charter has been actively in the market for scripted originals after hiring former NBC and Chernin Entertainment exec Katherine Pope at the beginning of the year. Conversations between Charter and Sony for L.A.’s Finest started almost immediately after NBC passed on the drama. Budget concerns were said to be an initial obstacle as L.A.’s Finest is charter’s first scripted offering.
“Charter is excited to partner with top producers Sony, [Jerry] Bruckheimer and the rest of the incredible team behind and in front of the camera on our first Spectrum Original Content endeavor,” said Pope, senior vp and head of originals at Charter Communications. “Our content partnerships offer us a great opportunity to provide Spectrum customers with the dynamic, authentic and unique programming that drives value for their Spectrum subscription.”
L.A.’s Finest follows Syd Burnett (Union), last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel, who has left her complicated past behind to become an LAPD detective. Paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna (Alba), a working mom with an equally complex past, Syd is pushed to examine whether her unapologetic lifestyle might be masking a greater personal secret. These two women don’t agree on much, but they find common ground when it comes to taking on the most dangerous criminals in Los Angeles in this character-drive drama.
The project hails from Jerry Bruckheimer and writers Margolis and Sonnier. The show is based on Union’s Syd Burnett character from Bad Boys II.