That's a wrap on L.A.'s Finest. Spectrum Originals has canceled the Bad Boys spin-off TV show after just two seasons. The series starred Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba in the leading roles. Even though Fox picked up the broadcast rights to both seasons of the show the boost to its profile provided by network television was not enough to justify bringing the duo back for a third season. Barring a completely unforeseen revival elsewhere, the show is done.
Spectrum has been trying to get in the original content game in the past couple of years, much like every other media company. L.A.'s Finest represented a franchise play, with the series taking place in the same universe as the Bad Boys movies. Though the ties were tangential at best and none of the main actors, such as Will Smith or Martin Lawrence, ever appeared to firm up those ties. Before airing on Fox, the show was carried by Spectrum Originals. But the service is still on the fringes of the modern media landscape, which didn't help the show's chances of surviving in the ever-growing seas of high-profile content.
L.A.'s Finest was a one hour series from mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who is also behind the movie franchise. The show centers on Syd Burnett (Gabrielle Union) who was last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel. She has abandoned her complicated past to become a detective with the LAPD. Her new partner, Nancy McKenna (Jessica Alba), is a working mom with her own checkered past. Syd is forced to face the fact that her unapologetic lifestyle may be covering up a greater personal secret. The two are tasked with taking on dangerous criminals in Los Angeles while skirting the rules.
The cast also included Duane Martin, Zach Gilford, Ryan McPartlin, Sophie Reynolds and Ernie Hudson. Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Brandon Sonnier, Brandon Margolis, Pam Veasey, Anton L. Cropper, KristieAnne Reed, Gabrielle Union, Jessica Alba, Doug Belgrad, Jeff Gaspin and Jeff Morrone serve as executive producers. Ratings information is not available for Spectrum Originals productions but it is worth noting that critics were not overly kind to the show. It holds a 24 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes currently. It was originally developed as a pilot by NBC, with the network deciding not to move forward with the show. Spectrum then stepped in and picked it up.
Meanwhile, the big screen version of the Bad Boys franchise is doing quite well. After well over a decade away, Bad Boys for Life earned an impressive $426 million at the global box office earlier this year. Sony is already developing Bad Boys 4, with both Will Smith and Martin Lawrence expected to reprise their roles again. While avoiding spoilers for those who still haven't seen it, the movie did set up a new direction for the future of the series in a post-credits scene. But, for now at least, the bad cops trying to do some good in the world are done on TV. This news was previously reported by Variety.