Though the expensive $12 million pilot for the “Bad Boys” spin-off TV series “L.A. Finest” wasn’t good enough to impress executives at NBC, Canadian broadcaster Bell Media is definitely interested and has struck a deal with Sony Pictures Television for the series.
Bell will air the thirteen-episode series, starring Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union, on one of its speciality entertainment channels. Sony remains in serious negotiations with Charter Communications to become the U.S. home for the series.
Union reprises her role from “Bad Boys II” of Syd Burnett, who was last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel. Having left her complicated past behind, she becomes an LAPD detective. partnered with Nancy McKenna (Alba), a working mom with a complex past who learns that Syd’s unapologetic lifestyle might be masking a greater personal secret.
Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier penned the pilot while Anton Cropper directs. Alba and Union executive produce alongside Sonnier Margolis, Bruckheimer, Belgrad, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed, Jeff Gaspin and Jeff Morrone.
The news comes as Bell Media has been on a spending spree, also picking up Syfy’s comic adaptation “Deadly Class,” USA’s Patty Jenkins-directed and Chris Pine-led limited drama series “One Day She’ll Darken,” and BBC America’s recent sensation “Killing Eve”.