L.A.’s Finest is coming to television.
Canadian broadcaster Bell Media has completed a deal to take on the Bad Boys offshoot starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba from Sony Pictures Television in Canada for a 13-episode order, where the show will air on one of Bell Media’s specialty channels.
As reported yesterday, a U.S. deal is close to being signed where Charter Communications will take on the series from Sony for its cable product Spectrum.
Charter Communications drummed up original content deals with AMC Networks and Viacom and also hired a seasoned TV exec, Katherine Pope, to head up original content. It would be Charter’s first move into this space and a big one at that.
Arguably the most high-profile pilot of the season, NBC passing on the series was a shock as it features two movie stars and women of color. Union, who fronted the spinoff from the start, wanted to land a big name as her co-lead and personally sought Alba.
Shadow and Act spoke to Union about the pilot recently. “We’re really excited. And to be able to co-executive produce with Jessica Alba..it’s like, we feel like boss bitches. It just really feels good that two women of color are the leads, are the executive producers, put the whole thing together and that we know that we are deserving of this opportunity. That nobody gave it to us, we took it. So hopefully NBC agrees. No pressure, NBC (laughs)…but we really hope we are on the fall lineup.”
The series will Union reprising her character, Special Agent Sydney “Syd” Burnett, from the second Bad Boys film. Burnett was an undercover DEA operative and sister of Martin Lawrence’s Marcus Burnett and love interest for Will Smith’s Mike Lowrey.
Here’s her status in the show: “Syd Burnett, last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel, now is a Los Angeles Police Department detective and can pursue all the pleasures Los Angeles has to offer and leave her past behind. But things will get complicated when her new partner, Nancy McKenna (Alba), learns that Syd’s unapologetic lifestyle might be masking a greater personal secret.”