Fall TV 2018 Turns Back On Strong Female-Led Shows?! Chiefs, Bad Boys Spin-off LA’s Finest, Supernatural Spin-off Wayward Sisters, Cagney and Lacey Reboot, Real American Hero Reboot and More Denied Season 1’s and, Naturally, Any Associated Spoilers!
Chiefs was one I was looking forward to, with a cast led by Alana De La Garza. CBS passed on the pilot. Deadline described the premise as follows:
Written by Hudgins, Chiefs explores the professional and personal lives of three driven, successful, but very different women who are each Chiefs of Police of their own precincts in L.A. County. They band together to create a task force to catch a dangerous serial killer.
In real life, there are currently seven female police chiefs in Los Angeles County, an all-time high.
TV Line explains the remaining shows that didn’t get off the ground as follows:
L.A.’S FINEST | The Bad Boys franchise offshoot from Jerry Bruckheimer seemed like a no-brainer, with Being Mary Jane‘s Gabrielle Union reprising her film role of DEA Agent Syd Burnett (who would have become an FBI agent). She would’ve been partnered with Dark Angel‘s Jessica Alba as working mom Nancy McKenna in a character-driven procedural about two kickass law-enforcement professionals. Per THR.com, the potential series was a victim of negotiations between Sony TV (which produced the pilot) and NBC; the project reportedly will be shopped around to other networks.
CAGNEY & LACEY | The 1980s reboot of the Tyne Daly-Sharon Gless police procedural would’ve featured Grey’s Anatomy‘s Sarah Drew and Blindspot‘s Michelle Hurd in the title roles and would’ve moved the action from New York to Los Angeles. What’s more, Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible) was cast as the LAPD homicide coordinator who would’ve been C&L’s boss, but it wasn’t to be: CBS passed after seeing the pilot.
GREATEST AMERICAN HERO | ABC’s gender-flipped take on the early 1980s superhero series was to star New Girl‘s Hannah Simone as Meera, an Indian-American woman who finds herself in possession of a superhero suit that grants superhuman powers to whoever wears it. But on May 11, Simone announced (in a since-deleted tweet) that “network TV isn’t ready for the first brown female superhero on TV… This would have been history-making and so empowering for young girls around the world.”
WAYWARD SISTERS | The potential Supernatural spinoff (the backdoor pilot of which aired as a Supe episode) would have followed Sheriff Jody Mills (played by Kim Rhodes) and her surrogate daughters Claire Novak (Kathryn Newton) and Alex Jones (Katherine Ramdeen) as they fought evil in Sioux Falls, S.D. When he announced that the project wouldn’t move forward, Supernatural showrunner/Wayward Sisters co-writer Andrew Dabb tweeted, “We love these characters, and have spent almost two years trying to make this show a reality on the network… but there are some fights, sometimes, you can’t win.”
There are other TV shows that didn’t get series orders. Commiserate in the comments section on what you were looking firward to, but it wasn’t to be.
Tags: Bad Boys, Cagney & Lacey, Chiefs, Greatest American Hero, L.A.'s Finest, Supernatural, Wayward Sisters