Bosch (TV series)

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Bosch
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Genre
Created by Michael Connelly
Developed by Eric Overmyer
Starring
Opening theme "Can't Let Go" by Caught A Ghost
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 40 (list of episodes)
Production
Cinematography Eric Alan Edwards
Running time 50 minutes
Release
Original network Amazon Video
Original release February 6, 2014 (2014-02-06) – present
External links
Website

Bosch is an American police procedural web television series produced by Amazon Studios and Fabrik Entertainment. It stars Titus Welliver as Los Angeles Police detective Harry Bosch. The show was developed for Amazon by Eric Overmyer[1] and the first season takes its inspiration from three of Michael Connelly’s novels: City of Bones, Echo Park, and The Concrete Blonde.

It was, together with The After, one of two drama pilots that Amazon streamed online in early 2014, and viewers offered their opinions about the pilot before the studio decided whether to place a series order.[2]

The show was renewed for its fifth season on February 13, 2018.[3]

Plot[edit]

Season 1[edit]

As the pilot opens, Bosch is tailing a suspect. Eventually cornering him in an alley, Bosch shoots the suspect when he reaches in his pocket. The incident is shown later in the episode in two separate flashbacks. When seen from Bosch's point of view it appears that there is something in the suspect's hand that falls in a puddle. When the incident is recounted by the plaintiff's lawyer during a wrongful death suit, there is clearly nothing in the suspect's hand and Bosch is shown planting a gun. Whatever really happened, he is cleared by the department. The show fast-forwards to two years later where Bosch is being sued by the family of the suspect in a wrongful death civil suit.

Feeling that he has to do something as a police officer, he agrees to trade with two other detectives to take the weekend shift, where he is called out on a case which turns out to be a suicide, and a second case where a doctor reports his dog found a human bone in the woods.

The bone leads to more bones and the coroner determines the skeleton is that of a small boy who was horribly abused and beaten, then buried in the woods. The boy has been dead since at least 1989, and could have been anywhere from 10 to 12 when he died, but was so horribly treated that it is not certain exactly how old he was. The details of the boy's mistreatment – more than 40 broken bones, some having healed while others were relatively recent – and his death was so grisly that Bosch has to step away and go into the restroom to splash water on his face and sit down on a commode for a moment to regain his composure.

Season 2[edit]

Picking up six months after the events in Season 1, Bosch returns from a suspension. He investigates the murder of a Hollywood producer who appears to have mob connections. His investigation of the producer, sends him to Las Vegas, where he also finds out that all is not well with his teenage daughter and ex-wife. Bosch's investigation almost threatens the life of his family as he is also brought into another case that leads to a ring of dirty cops. New evidence appears on the death of his mother, which causes him to investigate the circumstances leading to her murder.

Production[edit]

Amazon Studios announced on October 31, 2013 that it had given the green light to Bosch for production. The hour-long pilot starred Titus Welliver as Harry Bosch, with Annie Wersching, Amy Price-Francis, and Jamie Hector co-starring. Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment was the producer and Jim McKay directed.[4]

According to Connelly, "a fair amount of changes" were made "to the world of Harry Bosch" "in making the shift from page to screen." In the series, Harry "is 47 years old and a veteran of the first Gulf War in 1991," when he was a member of a Special Forces team clearing tunnels, but "he has now been a police officer for twenty years, with a one-year exception when he re-upped with the Army after 9/11, as many LAPD officers did. He came back to the force after serving in Afghanistan and again encountering tunnel warfare."[5]

On November 4, 2013, the 13-day shoot began in Los Angeles, while Connelly kept a daily set journal.[6]

The pilot premiered on Amazon Prime in February 2014 to allow customers to vote to decide if more episodes should be made.[7] In March 2014, Amazon announced that they had commissioned Bosch for a full series.[8]

All ten episodes of the first season of Bosch were released for viewing on Amazon Video on February 13, 2015.[9] Portions of the first episode were changed from the pilot, including the addition of Mimi Rogers to the cast to replace Amy Price-Francis as plaintiff's attorney Honey Chandler and the addition of a scene in which Bosch testifies in court and is questioned about his background by Chandler.

On March 18, 2015, Bosch was renewed for a second season.[10] On July 16, the series was nominated for the Outstanding Main Title Design award at the 67th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, along with Manhattan, American Horror Story: Freak Show, Daredevil, Halt and Catch Fire, and Olive Kitteridge; the award was won by Manhattan.[11]

On April 1, 2016, Bosch was renewed for a third season.[12][13] On October 16, 2016, Bosch was renewed for a fourth season.[14] On February 13, 2018, Bosch was renewed for a fifth season.[15]

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Titus Welliver as Harry Bosch
  • Titus Welliver as Los Angeles Police Department Detective Hieronymus 'Harry' Bosch, a former Army Special Forces operative and a veteran of the first Gulf War and Afghanistan who works as a homicide detective in the Hollywood Division. Something of a renegade, Harry is an astute detective with a fundamental respect for rules and policy. Harry lives in a house on stilts in the Hollywood Hills, purchased with money he earned as a technical advisor on a film. Quinn Welliver appears as adolescent Harry in flashbacks.[16]
  • Jamie Hector as Detective Jerry Edgar, Harry's partner
  • Amy Aquino as Lieutenant Grace Billets, Harry's immediate superior and his friend
  • Lance Reddick as Deputy Chief Irvin Irving, West Bureau Commanding Officer
  • Madison Lintz as Maddie Bosch, Harry's teenaged daughter. She has a close, loving relationship with her father (recurring season 1; main season 2-)
  • Sarah Clarke as Eleanor Wish, Harry's ex-wife, with whom he still has a cordial, if tense, relationship. She was a former FBI Agent turned professional poker player (season 1–2, 4; guest season 3)
  • Annie Wersching as Officer Julia Brasher, a rookie cop assigned to the Hollywood Division. She becomes involved with Harry, but comes into conflict with him when he realizes she makes up the rules as she goes along. (seasons 1–2)
  • Jeri Ryan as Veronica Allen, a manipulative former porn star married to an Armenian porn producer who is murdered. (season 2-3)

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Steven Culp as Richard 'Rick' O'Shea, the politically ambitious Los Angeles County District Attorney
  • Gregory Scott Cummins as Detective Moore (Crate), Barrel's longtime friend and partner
  • Troy Evans as Detective Johnson (Barrel), a senior homicide detective at Hollywood Division
  • DaJuan Johnson as Officer, later Detective Rondell Pierce
  • Scott Klace as Sgt. John Mankiewicz, a Sergeant and Assistant Watch Commander at the Hollywood Division station
  • Mimi Rogers as Honey 'Money' Chandler, a civil rights attorney

Season 1[edit]

  • Katharine Leonard as Marjorie Lowe, shown in flashbacks as Harry's deceased mother. She was a prostitute found murdered in an alley.
  • Abraham Benrubi as Rodney Belk, a lawyer who represented Bosch in his trial.
  • Veronica Cartwright as Irene Saxon, Raynard Waits' mother
  • Mark Derwin as Captain Harvey Pounds
  • Jason Gedrick as Raynard Waits, a serial killer and the suspect in the death of a boy whose bones are found in Laurel Canyon
  • Shawn Hatosy as Johnny Stokes
  • Robbie Jones as Officer George Irving, Deputy Chief Irving's son, a rookie cop later assigned to undercover narcotics (season 1-2)
  • Adam O'Byrne as Nate Tyler, an aggressive LA Times reporter
  • Paul Vincent O'Connor as Judge Alan M. Keyes, a judge who presided at Bosch's trial.
  • Deji LaRay as Officer Julius Edgewood
  • Rose Rollins as Detective Kizmin Rider
  • Alan Rosenberg as Dr. William Golliher, a forensic anthropologist who assisted Bosch with the identification of the bones
  • Jason Sims-Prewitt as Officer Victor Rhodes
  • Scott Wilson as Dr. Paul Guyot, a retired doctor whose dog found bones of a missing boy.

Season 2[edit]

  • Yancey Arias as Los Angeles Mayor Hector Ramos (season 2-)
  • Ingrid Rogers as Latonya Edgar, Jerry's ex-wife (season 2-)
  • Hoon Lee as Reggie Woo, Eleanor's husband and Maddie's step-father who is currently in Hong Kong (season 2-)
  • John Marshall Jones as FBI Special Agent Jay Griffin (season 2-)
  • Ryan Ahern as Officer Ray Powers (season 2-)
  • Matthew Lillard as Luke 'Lucky' Rykov, an FBI agent with whom Harry works on two cases (season 2-3)
  • David Marciano as Detective Brad Conniff, investigates the death of Officer Irving. (season 2-3)
  • Erika Alexander as Connie Irving, Deputy Chief Irving's wife and Officer George Irving's mother, later divorces Chief Irving believing that he caused their son's death by allowing him to go undercover (season 2-3)
  • Jamie McShane as Detective Francis Sheehan, a detective with Robbery-Homicide Division. (seasons 2-4)
  • Leisha Hailey as Officer Maureen 'Mo' O'Grady, also a cop in Nash's ring
  • James Ransone as Officer Eddie Arceneaux, Off. Irving's partner, involved in the ring of dirty cops led by Carl Nash
  • Brent Sexton as Detective Carl Nash, a corrupt LAPD Homicide Detective, now retired, who oversees a team of villainous police officers while working as a security guard at the estate where the Allens live.
  • Emilia Zoryan as Layla, the stagename of a dancer at Dolly's in Las Vegas, Nevada and mysterious girlfriend to an Armenian porn producer who is murdered.

Season 3[edit]

  • Paul Calderón as Detective Santiago Robertson, a seasoned detective investigating the murder of a vet who has a history with Harry (season 3-)
  • Winter Ave Zoli as Detective Amy Snyder, Internal Affairs (season 3-)
  • Barry Shabaka Henley as Detective Terry Drake (season 3-)
  • John Getz as Bradley Walker, President of the Police Commission (season 3-)
  • Linda Park as Jun Park, the crisis response team volunteer who catches Chief Irving's eye. (season 3-)
  • Verona Blue as Shaz, bartender at The Smog Cutter (season 3-)
  • Monti Sharp as the mysterious man on a bicycle involved in the Korea Town Killer (KTK) murders (season 3-4)
  • John Ales as Andrew Holland, a movie writer/director accused of murder
  • Max Arciniega as Xavi Moreno, a sniper who is part of Dobbs' team
  • Christopher Backus as Woody Woodrow, part of Dobbs' team
  • Beth Broderick as Judge Sharon Houghton
  • Frank Clem as Ed Gunn
  • Spencer Garrett as Fowkkes, Andrew Holland's high-powered attorney
  • Eric Ladin as Scott Anderson, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times following the Gunn murder case
  • Jeffrey Pierce as Trevor Dobbs, leader of a team of former military men transiting illicit cargo through the Port of Los Angeles
  • Brooke Smith as Captain Ellen Lewis, Hollywood Station
  • Paola Turbay as Deputy District Attorney Anita Benitez, who is trying the Holland case, and has a brief relationship with Harry
  • Jared Ward as Jesse Tafero, Rudy's younger brother and helper
  • Arnold Vosloo as Rudy Tafero, an investigator working for the defense on the Holland case
  • Bridger Zadina as Sharkey, a young street boy who is key to one of Harry's cases

Season 4[edit]

  • Clark Johnson as Howard Elias, civil rights attorney who was murdered aboard the Angels Flight two days before the "Black Guardian" case
  • Tamberla Perry as Detective Gabriella Lincoln
  • Anne Dudek as Pamela Duncan, legal advisor and lover of Howard Elias
  • Louis Ozawa Changchien as FBI Special Agent Chuck Deng
  • Anna Diop as Desiree Zealy, a young activist who has a disdain for the police
  • Sara Arrington as Margaret Sheehan, estranged wife of Francis Sheehan
  • Deidrie Henry as Millie Elias, wife of Howard Elias
  • David Hoflin as Detective Doug Rooker
  • Keston John as Michael Harris, suspect in the abduction and murder of Stacey Kincaid. After being found not guilty of the murder, he retained Howard Elias to sue the LAPD for police brutality from his interrogation.
  • Kristen Ariza as Laura Cooke, reporter
  • Leonard Wu as Shiwei Chen

Season 5[edit]

  • Ryan Hurst as Hector Bonner, a former client of attorney Honey Chandler, currently working as her investigator. [17]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
110February 13, 2015 (2015-02-13)
210March 11, 2016 (2016-03-11)
310April 21, 2017 (2017-04-21)
410April 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)

Reception[edit]

Reviews of Bosch have been generally positive. Metacritic gives the series a score average of 71 (out of 100) based on 16 critics.[18]

Cory Barker of TV.com wrote that the series is "rock-solid and generally enjoyable without ever making much of an attempt to push boundaries," and praised Amazon Studios for "producing a show based on a book that somehow reproduces the experience of reading."[19]

Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times wrote that, despite an "impossibly long" "list of brooding, taciturn small-screen police detectives," Bosch "proves gripping" because its "plotting and pacing...draw you in...like a good page-turner."[20]

Noel Murray of the A.V. Club remarked that "the best thing about Bosch is how well it captures Connelly’s Los Angeles," while noting that "the series’ biggest stumbling block is that it’s stubbornly slow-paced" despite the fact that "the slow-drip approach makes sense."[21]

Brian Lowry of Variety wrote that "the series has the texture and tone of an old-fashioned detective yarn," but said that "the transition from page to screen ... proves too talky in places and clunky in others". He remarked that the show boasted "good casting and a strong sense of L.A. noir", but opines that the series "feels undercooked".[22]

Hank Stuever of The Washington Post called Welliver's performance "nicely built out of smirks and smolders," and wrote that the show's "unvarnished, unglamorous L.A. is a far more intriguing, far more complex setting for a story."[23]

Brian Moylan of The Guardian praised the "noir" feeling of the show and considered it a step above NCIS, but did not like the similarities to too many other cop shows, calling the series "samey".[24]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2015 67th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Main Title Design Grant Lau, creative director; JJ Gerber, creative producer; Michael Radtke, editor; Rod Basham, flame artist Nominated [25]
42nd Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on Television Lance Reddick Nominated
42nd Saturn Awards Best New Media Television Series Bosch Nominated
2016 43rd Saturn Awards Best New Media Television Series Bosch Nominated [25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patten, Dominic. "Amazon Renews 'Bosch' for Second Season". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ Porter, Rick (October 31, 2013). "Amazon Orders Michael Connelly Pilot 'Bosch,' Details 'X-Files' Creator's 'The After'". Zap2It. Archived from the original on November 3, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 13, 2018). "'Bosch' Renewed For Season 5 By Amazon; Eric Overmyer Back As Co-Showrunner; Season 4 Gets Premiere Date & Trailer". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 14, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Amazon - Press Room - Press Release". Phx.corporate-ir.net. 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2017-07-26. 
  5. ^ "Bosch Tv". MichaelConnelly.com. Retrieved 2017-07-26. 
  6. ^ Michael Connelly's Set Journal Archived 2013-11-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Amazon Launches Second Pilot Season". BBC News. February 7, 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Amazon Studios "Orders Four Original Series£". BBC News. March 12, 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Countdown to 'Bosch': Amazon's First Drama to... – Hollywonk". Hollywonk. Archived from the original on 2015-01-16. 
  10. ^ Spangler, Todd (March 18, 2015). "Amazon Renews 'Bosch' Cop Drama for Season 2". Variety. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 
  11. ^ "67th Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners". Television Academy. July 16, 2015. Retrieved November 23, 2015. 
  12. ^ Connelly, Michael (April 3, 2016). "Bosch Season 3 Is A Go!". MichaelConnelly.com. Retrieved April 3, 2016. 
  13. ^ Patten, Dominic (2016-04-01). "'Bosch' Renewed For Season 3 By Amazon". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-07-26. 
  14. ^ "'Bosch' Renewed For Season 4". IsMyShowCancelled.com. 2016-10-17. Retrieved 2017-07-26. 
  15. ^ "'Bosch' Renewed by Amazon for Season 5". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-02-13. 
  16. ^ https://parade.com/564323/walterscott/titus-welliver-on-boschs-new-season-his-real-life-sons-role-on-the-show-and-a-surprising-hobby/
  17. ^ http://www.comingsoon.net/tv/news/962149-ryan-hurst-joins-season-5-of-amazons-bosch
  18. ^ "Critic Reviews for Bosch Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved 2017-07-26. 
  19. ^ Cory Barker, "Amazon's Newest Drama Is Like a Decent Book You Can't Put Down," TV.com
  20. ^ Neil Genzlinger, "‘Bosch,’ Amazon Prime’s New Crime Series," The New York Times
  21. ^ Noel Murray, "Amazon’s Bosch brings a beloved pulp hero to the screen," The A.V. Club
  22. ^ Brian Lowry, "TV Review: Amazon’s ‘Bosch’," Variety
  23. ^ Hank Stuever, "‘Bosch’: Yet another doleful detective, but this one might have a case," The Washington Post
  24. ^ Moylan, Brian. "Amazon's Bosch: Paint-by-Numbers Cop Show that's way past its prime". The Guardian. 
  25. ^ a b "Nominees/Winners". Television Academy. Retrieved 2018-07-03. 

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