L.A.'s Finest

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L.A.'s Finest
Genre
Created by
  • Brandon Margolis
  • Brandon Sonnier
Based onBad Boys film series
by George Gallo
Starring
Theme music composerLaura Karpman
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes5 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkSpectrum Originals
Picture format1080p (HDTV)
Original releaseMay 13, 2019 (2019-05-13) –
present

L.A.'s Finest is a 2019 American police procedural drama television series created by Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier; and produced by Sony Pictures Television. It is an offshoot of the Bad Boys film franchise created by George Gallo. The series premiered on Spectrum on May 13, 2019. L.A.'s Finest is the first premium content show made for the cable provider and the debut of its Spectrum Originals banner of exclusive programming.

Premise[edit]

L.A.'s Finest follows Syd Burnett a former DEA agent, who last was seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel. She now has left her complicated past behind to become an LAPD detective. Paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna, a working mom with an equally complex past, Burnett 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."[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Gabrielle Union as Sydney "Syd" Burnett - an ex-dea agent transferred to LAPD detective. She is Marcus Burnett brother from the Bad Boys movies.
  • Jessica Alba as Nancy McKenna - a single working step mom who is Syd new partner in the LAPD.
  • Ernie Hudson as Joseph Burnett - He is Syd's father and is also Marcus Burnett father too.
  • Zach Gilford as Ben Walker
  • Duane Martin as Ben Baines
  • Ryan McPartlin as Patrick McKenna - He is Nancy's husband and is a District attorney for the LAPD.
  • Zach McGowan as Ray Sherman
  • Sophie Reynolds as Isabel McKenna - Nancy's step daughter and Patrick's father.

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.Title [2]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [2]
1"Pilot"Anton CropperBrandon Margolis & Brandon SonnierMay 13, 2019 (2019-05-13)
2"Defiance"Anton CropperJohn Dove & Pam VeaseyMay 13, 2019 (2019-05-13)
3"Con Air"Antonio NegretBrandon Margolis & Brandon SonnierMay 13, 2019 (2019-05-13)
4"Déjà Vu"Antonio NegretAndrea Thornton BoldenMay 20, 2019 (2019-05-20)
5"Farewell..."Eagle EgilssonJ.L. TiggettMay 20, 2019 (2019-05-20)
6"...My Lovely"TBATBAMay 27, 2019 (2019-05-27)
7"Book Of Secrets"TBATBAMay 27, 2019 (2019-05-27)
8"Dead Men Tell No Tales"TBATBAJune 3, 2019 (2019-06-03)
9"Dangerous Minds"TBATBAJune 3, 2019 (2019-06-03)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On October 25, 2017, it was reported that a television series spinoff of the Bad Boys films featuring the character Sydney "Syd" Burnett from Bad Boys II was in development. The pilot was set to be written by Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier. Executive producers were expected to include Margolis, Sonnier, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed, Jeff Gaspin, and Jeff Morrone. Production companies involved with the series were set to include Sony Pictures Television, Jerry Bruckheimer Television, and 2.0 Entertainment.[3]

On October 31, 2017, it was announced that NBC had given the production a pilot production commitment following a competitive situation where multiple networks had pursued the potential series.[4] On January 18, 2018, it was announced that NBC had given the production an official pilot order.[5] On February 2, 2018, it was reported that Anton Cropper would direct the pilot episode.[6] On April 12, 2018, it was announced that the previously untitled pilot had been titled L.A.'s Finest.[7] On May 11, 2018, it was reported that NBC had passed on the pilot and declined to pick up the production to series. The producers of the series were expected to shop the production to other networks.[8]

On May 17, 2018, it was announced that Sony Pictures Television was in preliminary discussions with Charter Communications regarding a deal to pick up the series.[9] By the end of the month, the talks had progressed to the point of serious negotiations.[10] On June 26, 2018, it was announced that Charter Communications had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of thirteen episodes.[1][11][12][13] On February 7, 2019, it was announced during the Television Critics Association's annual winter press tour that the series would premiere on May 13, 2019 with the release of the first three episodes. The remaining episodes were expected to be released on Mondays following the premiere via Spectrum's video on demand service accessible through their set-top cable boxes, along with the provider's iOS, Apple TV, and Roku applications.[14] L.A.'s Finest is the first original television series produced by Spectrum.[11][15]

The theme music for the series was composed by Laura Karpman.[16]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the initial series development announcement, it was confirmed that Gabrielle Union would star in the series, reprising her role of Sydney "Syd" Burnett from the film Bad Boys II.[3] On January 29, 2018, it was announced that Ernie Hudson had been cast in a series regular role.[17] On February 15, 2018, it was reported that Zach Gilford and Duane Martin had joined the main cast.[18] In March 2018, it was announced that Jessica Alba, Ryan McPartlin, and Zach McGowan had been cast as series regulars.[19][20][21] In September 2018, it was reported that Sophie Reynolds had been cast in a series regular role and that Barry Sloane would appear in a recurring capacity.[22][23] On January 11, 2019, it was announced that Jake Busey had joined the cast in a recurring role.[24]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the pilot began in early April 2018 in Los Angeles, California.[25][26]

On February 21, 2019, executive producer and showrunner Brandon Sonnier was seriously injured during the shooting of a car stunt at the Port of Los Angeles when the vehicle accidentally crashed into the video village area of the set. Brandon Margolis sustained minor injuries.[27][28]

Release[edit]

On February 7, 2019, the official trailer for the series was released.[14]

Reception[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 10% based on 10 reviews, with an average rating of 4.57/10.[29] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 46 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[30]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "L.A.'s Finest – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (October 26, 2017). "'Bad Boys' Spinoff TV Series Starring Gabrielle Union In the Works". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 31, 2017). "'Bad Boys' TV Spinoff Starring Gabrielle Union Lands At NBC With Big Commitment". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
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  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (February 2, 2018). "Anton Cropper To Direct Gabrielle Union's 'Bad Boys' Offshoot NBC Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
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  12. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (June 26, 2018). "'L.A.'s Finest,' Starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, a Go at Charter". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  13. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (June 26, 2018). "'Bad Boys' Spinoff 'L.A.'s Finest' Scores Charter's First Original Series Order". Variety. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
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  18. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 15, 2018). "Zach Gilford & Duane Martin To Co-Star In Gabrielle Union's 'Bad Boys' Offshoot NBC Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  19. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 2, 2018). "Jessica Alba To Star In NBC's Gabrielle Union 'Bad Boys' Offshoot Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
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  21. ^ Ritman, Alex (August 21, 2018). "Zach McGowan Joins NBC's 'Bad Boys' Spinoff (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  22. ^ Petski, Denise (September 25, 2018). "'L.A.'s Finest': Sophie Reynolds Cast As Series Regular In Spectrum's 'Bad Boys' Offshoot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  23. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 14, 2018). "'L.A.'s Finest': Barry Sloane Joins 'Bad Boys' Offshoot Series As Recurring". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  24. ^ Petski, Denise (January 11, 2019). "Hailie Sahar Joins 'Good Trouble'; Jake Busey In 'L.A.'s Finest'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
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  26. ^ Cotter, Padraig (April 5, 2018). "Bad Boys TV Spinoff Set Photo Confirms That Filming Has Begun". Screen Rant. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
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  30. ^ "L.A.'s Finest: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. 2019. Retrieved May 18, 2019.

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