The long-awaited Bad Boys series starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba is almost here! The series, which is the first series from Charter’s Spectrum cable service as a Spectrum Original, has set a May 13 premiere date.
A trailer was released Thursday before the series’ presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour.
After the pilot was passed over at NBC, where it was initially developed, it was given a 13-episode, straight-to-series order at Spectrum. The series is created by Sony Pictures TV, Jerry Bruckheimer Television, Primary Wave and 2.0 Entertainment. The entities shopped it around after NBC passed, landing at Charter.
Arguably the most high-profile pilot of the season (with an expensive pilot said to cost $12M), 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 last year about the project. “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,” she said.
The series sees 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, who has seemingly 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 history, Syd is forced to confront how her unapologetic lifestyle may be masking a greater personal secret. Taking on the most dangerous criminals in Los Angeles while skirting the rules, and speed limits, Syd and Nancy become a force to be reckoned with – on the streets, and in each other’s lives.”
Ernie Hudson, Zack Gilford, Duane Martin, Ben Baines and Ryan McPartlin co-star.
Watch the trailer below: