L.A.’s Finest has landed with a UK broadcaster. FOX UK has acquired the UK rights to the Bad Boys spin-off, starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, after striking a deal with international distributor Sony Pictures Television. The series is expected to premiere on FOX UK next month.
“We’re excited to have Fox Networks Group on board and think this action-packed series will be a great fit for their audience,” said Holly Comiskey, Senior Vice-President of Distribution & Networks for Sony Pictures Televison, UK and Ireland.
L.A.’s Finest follows Syd Burnett (Union), last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel, who has seemingly left her complicated past behind to become an LAPD detective. Paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna (Alba), a working mom with an equally complex history, Syd is forced to confront how her unapologetic lifestyle may be masking a greater personal secret.
Taking on the most dangerous criminals in Los Angeles while skirting the rules, and speed limits, Syd and Nancy become a force to be reckoned with – on the streets, and in each other’s lives. The drama series, which was initially set up at NBC before it moved to Spectrum, is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television and 2.0 Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television and stars Gabrielle Union, Jessica Alba, Zack Gilford, Duane Martin, Ryan McPartlin, Sophie Reynolds and Ernie Hudson.
“With sparkling on-screen chemistry from Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, L.A.’s Finest is a fun and fresh action series that FOX viewers will love. With amazing production values and from the makers of Bad Boys and the CSI franchise, the series is in-keeping with FOX’s Hollywood heritage,” said Shoshana Wilson, Director of Programming, Scheduling & Acquisitions for Fox Networks Group Europe.
At FOX UK, L.A.’s Finest joins a healthy slate of first run U.S. acquisitions that also includes: CBS’ Bull, NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans; Fox’s sci-fi drama The Orville; FX originals Atlanta, Baskets and Legion; IFC’s Brockmire and Stan Against Evil; and TBS’s animated comedy American Dad. This also marks the first significant deal struck by one of the six Hollywood studios with a UK broadcaster following last month’s LA Screenings, though it’s worth noting that SPT first shopped the series at the 2018 screenings.