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Posted Tuesday 6/26/18 at 4:47PM EDT
It's official: Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba to star in L.A.'s Finest for Charter Communications
The Bad Boys spinoff pilot that NBC rejected last month has officially been ordered as the cable giant's first original scripted series. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced L.A.'s Finest has received a 13-episode order that will premiere in 2019 on Charter's Spectrum platform. L.A.'s Finest has Union reprising her Bad Boys role as Syd Burnett, now an LAPD detective, who is partnered with Alba's Nancy McKenna, a working mom. Bot have complicated lives. “Charter has a strong passion for the project and we could not be more excited. Immediately we knew this innovative new platform was absolutely the right home for L.A.’s Finest,” said Jeff Frost, president of Sony Pictures Television. Charter has been interested in scripted original series since hiring former NBC executive Katherine Pope earlier this year.
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 2:37PM EDT
L.A.'s Finest lands a Canadian broadcaster as Sony TV nears a U.S. TV deal for the Gabrielle Union-Jessica Alba Bad Boys spinoff
Canada's Bell Media has struck a deal to air 13 episodes of L.A.'s Finest on one of it specialty channels. The announcement comes as Sony TV is in "serious negotiations" with Charter Communications to become the U.S. home for the Bad Boys spinoff that NBC rejected last month.
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 1:46PM EDT
Charter Communications is in "advanced negotiations" to pick up L.A.'s Finest starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba
"A deal appears likely" for the rejected NBC pilot that's an offshoot of the Bad Boys films, according to Deadline. The cable company could use L.A.'s Finest as a "key launching piece" in its strategy to create "high-end original content."
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 10:42PM EDT
Bad Boys spinoff L.A.'s Finest could be a TV series for Charter Communications
The cable operator is said to be interested in high-end scripted series. According to Deadline, preliminary talks have begun to between Sony Pictures Television and Charter to pick up L.A.'s Finest starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba. Last week, NBC rejected the pilot, which was one of the most expensive of pilot season at a cost of $12 million. As Deadline notes, "L.A’s Finest features two movie stars, Union and Alba, and is a rare drama series headlined by two diverse women."
Posted Sunday 5/13/18 at 2:39PM EDT
NBC boss on Brooklyn Nine-Nine: "It was great to know the fans were outraged, but we were too"
“Brooklyn is a show our company produces for Fox, so it’s a show that’s very close to us,” NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said of rescuing Brooklyn Nine-Nine during a conference call this morning, according to EW. “I’ve been saying to certain people in the press that if we knew Andy Samberg was going to be cast in that show, we never would have sold it to Fox. We’ve been watching it closely ever since. … We jumped on it really quickly and are thrilled to have it and think it fits into our brand of comedy in many ways better than it fit into Fox’s brand of comedy. It feels like it goes along shows like A.P. Bio, Will & Grace, Superstore, and The Good Place. … It’s also one of the few comedies in recent years that does a robust international number, and it has a syndication upside, which a lot of shows don’t have anymore.” Greenblatt added that he loved that the fans were so vocal. "We were right there with them," he said. "We love when fans yell and scream on Twitter, but we hope that transfers and they watch the show.”
- NBC unveils its fall schedule: All three Chicago shows will air on Wednesdays, Law & Order: SVU moves to Thursdays
- Watch trailers for new NBC fall shows Manifest, New Amsterdam and I Feel Bad
- The Blacklist renewed for Season 6
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Blacklist will return in 2019
- Midnight, Texas and World of Dance are moving from summer to in-season
- NBC will wait to decide the fates of Timeless and Champions: "I’m nervous. Could go either way," tweets Timeless co-creator Eric Kripke
- Greenblatt cited an "embarrassment of riches" and lack of fit for rejecting Bad Boys spinoff L.A.'s Finest pilot
- NBC is done "treading water while The Voice is off," Greenblatt says of America's Got Talent winter edition
- Greenblatt mum on rumored The Office revival
# TOPICS: NBC, The Blacklist, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Champions, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., I Feel Bad, L.A.'s Finest, Manifest, Midnight, Texas, New Amsterdam, The Office (US), Timeless, World of Dance, Eric Kripke, Robert Greenblatt, Trailers & Teasers
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 6:52PM EDT
NBC passes on Bad Boys spinoff L.A.'s Finest starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, but it's being shopped to other networks
"While not off the charts, L.A.’s Finest had garnered solid buzz and is a rare marquee drama title with two diverse female leads — something we don’t have on broadcast TV," according to Deadline's Nellie Andreeva. "It is not entirely clear whether NBC’s decision was based on creative or business reasons (NBC had been in negotiations with Sony TV on four projects — two pilots and two current series), but the answer is likely in some combination of the two."
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Here are 10 TV pilots poised to be picked up to series this month
Katie Holmes' Fox FBI drama and Bad Boys spinoff L.A.'s Finest starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba are among the pilots that are expected to be pickup to series for next season. ALSO: Reboots of Charmed, Roswell and L.A. Confidential are also looking good.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
NBC's Bad Boys offshoot finally has a title: L.A.'s Finest
Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba star in a female take on the Bad Boys movies, with Union reprising her Bad Boys II role. She and Alba play LAPD detective partners.
Posted Wednesday 4/04/18 at 5:25PM EDT
Check out Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba filming NBC's Bad Boys spinoff pilot
The actresses were spotted drawing their guns in their roles as LAPD detective partners.
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 9:38PM EDT
Dax Shepard to recur on Netflix's The Ranch to help fill the void by Danny Masterson's departure
The Parenthood alum will be a recurring guest-star, not a permanent replacement for Masterson, on the Netflix series. Shepard just recently signed up to co-star on Fox pilot Bless This Mess, playing Lake Bell's husband. On The Ranch, Shepard will play a former soldier who forms an immediate bond with Ashton Kutcher's character. Shepard and Kutcher are good friends, having worked together on MTV's Punk'd. Shepard recently interviewed Kutcher on his new Armchair Expert podcast.
- Chuck's "Captain Awesome" Ryan McPartlin sets NBC return playing Jessica Alba's husband on Bad Boys spinoff
- Big Little Lies' James Tupper cast as the male lead on Katie Holmes' Fox FBI pilot
- Netflix's Sabrina series gets Tati Gabrielle to play Prudence, leader of the Weird Sisters
- Steven Weber will play Get Christie Love's mentor on the ABC reboot
- CBS' Welcome to the Neighborhood adds Tichina Arnold and Josh Lawson
# TOPICS: The Ranch, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Netflix, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Get Christie Love, L.A.'s Finest, The Neighborhood, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Dax Shepard, James Tupper, Josh Lawson, Ryan McPartlin, Steven Weber, Tati Gabrielle, Tichina Arnold, Pilots
Posted Friday 3/02/18 at 5:52PM EST
Jessica Alba teams with Gabrielle Union on NBC's Bad Boys spinoff
Alba will play a detective, Nancy McKenna, an Army veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who is partnered with Union's character, Syd Burnett, on the NBC pilot. Alba will also serve as an executive producer. This will be Alba's first TV series regular role since Fox's Dark Angel, the James Cameron-produced sci-fi drama that aired from 2000 to 2002.
Posted Friday 2/16/18 at 6:35PM EST
Madeleine Stowe to star in Fox's musical drama pilot Mixtape
The Revenge alum will play "an actress who carefully controls how she presents herself to the world (but is secretly exhausted by having to do it)." Mixtape focuses on a group of interconnected people in the city of Los Angeles, through the lens of the music that defines them.
- Mary McCormack to star opposite Michael Cudlitz on ABC's 1970s family comedy pilot
- Zach Gilford and Duane Martin join Gabrielle Union on NBC's Bad Boys offshoot pilot
- OWN's' Love Is___ casts Tim Reid, Loretta Devine and Tammy Townsend
- Freddie Prinze Jr. to star in CBS' I Mom So Hard comedy pilot
- Netflix's The Umbrella Academy adds Ashley Madekwe and Colm Feore
# TOPICS: Pilots, OWN, Chiefs, I Mom So Hard, L.A.'s Finest, Love Is___, Mixtape, The Umbrella Academy, Ashley Madekwe, Colm Feore, Duane Martin, Freddie Prinze Jr., Loretta Devine, Madeleine Stowe, Mary McCormack, Tammy Townsend, Tim Reid, Zach Gilford
Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 2:45PM EST
NBC’s Bad Boys offshoot taps Ernie Hudson
The Grace and Frankie star will play the father of Gabrielle Union’s character on the potential NBC series.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 11:05PM EST
NBC orders the Bad Boys TV spinoff pilot starring Gabrielle Union
Union will reprise her role as DEA agent Syd Burnett, sister of Martin Lawrence’s character, who is partnered with a working mom in the untitled pilot from Jerry Bruckheimer.
Posted Tuesday 10/31/17 at 6:30PM EDT
Gabrielle Union’s Bad Boys TV spinoff lands at NBC
She’ll reprise her role from Bad Boys 2 for the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced pilot.