One of the biggest surprises this upfront season is NBC’s pass on the Bad Boys offshoot pilot LA’s Finest, toplined by the films’ Gabrielle Union and fellow movie star Jessica Alba.
“These are all tough calls,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said about the decision. during the network’s upfront call on Sunday “We did have an embarrassment of riches. And when we laid out the schedule and the calendar all season… it was a show that didn’t fit in the grand scheme of it.”
The high-profile project, from Sony Pictures TV., Jerry Bruckheimer Television, Primary Wave, and 2.0 Entertainment, is already being shopped to other networks.
While not off the charts, LA’s Finest had garnered solid buzz and is a rare marquee drama title headlined by two two movie stars. What’s more, it’s a rare broadcast TV drama with two diverse female leads — something we don’t have right now.
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 movie 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. These two have totally different lifestyles and approaches, but they both are at the top of their fields in this action-packed, character-driven procedural.