Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union are set to star in a “Bad Boys” spin-off series, “LA’s Finest.” The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
The thirteen episode series will be the first foray into scripted television from Charter Communications. In a joint venture with Charter and Sony Pictures Television, the series will be released in 2019 on the Spectrum platform.
Katherine Pope, Senior Vice President and Head of Originals at Charter Communications said:
“Charter is excited to partner with top producers Sony, [Jerry] Bruckheimer and the rest of the incredible team behind and in front of the camera on our first Spectrum Original Content endeavor. Our content partnerships offer us a great opportunity to provide Spectrum customers with the dynamic, authentic and unique programming that drives value for their Spectrum subscription.”
Gabrielle Union plays Syd Burnett, an undercover DEA agent first introduced in the movie “Bad Boys II” as the sister of Martin Lawrence’s Marcus. “LA’s Finest” picks up sometime after Burnett has left Miami to become an LAPD detective. There she is partnered with Nancy McKenna (Jessica Alba), who is described as a “working mom with an equally complex past.”
As with all good buddy detective stories, the two are opposites who disagree on everything except their need to fight crime and take down criminals.
NBC had been expected to pick up the series. In fact, it was considered one of the surest bets to emerge from pilot season. According to THR, Jennifer Salke was a big champion of the series when she was still at NBC. But after she moved to Amazon, the network cooled on the show. The fact that it was so highly anticipated could be the angle Charter needs to get into the game of scripted programming.