“Bad Boys” spin-off, “L.A’s Finest”, a small-screen action pilot starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, was passed over by NBC earlier this week. But the book mightn’t be closed on the series, produced by Sony Pictures TV, with Charter Communications reportedly interested in picking up the Peacock’s sloppy seconds.
According to Deadline, who had the scoop on Charter’s interest, Jerry Bruckheimer Television, Primary Wave, and 2.0 Entertainment started shopping “L.A’s Finest” immediately after NBC opted not to pick up the pilot.
According to the trade, a pickup of ”L.A.’s Finest” would be a major move in the high-end scripted series arena for Charter Communications, which recently signaled an entry into the original content space, signing deals with AMC Networks and Viacom to co-produce original series and hiring seasoned TV executive Katherine Pope to lead its original content efforts.
With elaborate action sequences, LA’s Finest was one of the most expensive pilots this season, with its budget said to be around $12 million. It follows the Special Agent Syd Burnett character played by Union in 2003’s Bad Boys II as she moves to Los Angeles and joins the LAPD. In the pilot, written by Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier and directed by Anton Cropper, the free-spirited former DEA agent Burnett has a fresh start in her new job as an LAPD detective. She’s partnered with Nancy McKenna (Alba), a working mom who can’t help but look at Syd’s freedom with some grass-is-greener envy.
While the cast and crew of “L.A’s Finest” will be celebrating that news, those over on FOX’s recently-cancelled “Lucifer” won’t be toasting tonight. Though there’d been reports that the popular series might be rescued by The CW, network president Mark Pedowitz said today that there’s been “no discussions” concerning “Lucifer”. “We have been focused on own development, we are happy with what we have.”
Though The CW have rescued plenty of shows in the past- including “Supergirl” and “Black Lightning”- seems they won’t be extending an arm to “Lucifer”.