The first trailer for L.A.'s Finest, the upcoming Bad Boys spin-off TV series, is here. This is set to be the first ever Spectrum Originals series, with the cable provider deciding to get into the content game, much like seemingly everyone else is these days. The series brings back Gabrielle Union, who appeared alongside Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the first two movies, who is now an LAPD detective with a new partner in the form of Sin City star Jessica Alba.
The trailer spends a good deal of time establishing the relationship between Gabrielle Union's Syd and Jessica Alba's Nancy. Beyond that, it's a whole bunch of action, car chases, guns, one-liners and all of the trademarks that go along with the franchise. This very much feels like it has the DNA of Bad Boys injected into it. Whether or not they can make that work for 13 episodes remains to be seen, but plenty of other movie franchises have successfully been reimagined for the small screen, so why not this one?
L.A.'s Finest centers on Syd Burnett, who was last seen in Miami helping to take down a drug cartel. She's seemingly left her complicated past behind to become an LAPD officer. Paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna, a working mom with her own complicated backstory, Syd is forced to confront how her lifestyle may actually be a front for a deep, personal secret. The duo will take on the most dangerous criminals in the city while, much like Marcus Bennett and Mike Lowrey, dodging the rules (and speed limits). Firing their sexy pistols, Syd and Nancy become a force to be reckoned with, both professionally and in one another's personal lives.
The cast also includes Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights), Duane Martin (The New Edition Story), Ryan McPartlin (Chuck), Sophie Reynolds (Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything) and Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters). Michael Bay, who directed the first two movies, sadly, is not involved. However, franchise producer Jerry Bruckheimer is. Anton Cropper of Suits fame directed the pilot episode and also serves as a producer. This is one of three shows that Spectrum has in the works, to go along with Manhunt and the street-racing series Curfew.
Bad Boys for Life, the long-awaited third movie, recently kicked off production with both Will Smith and Martin Lawrence returning. Currently, it isn't clear if there are plans to have the show crossover with the movies down the line, assuming both projects are successful, but there is no reason that door couldn't at least be cracked open, since they both take place in the same universe. To go along with the trailer, L.A.'s Finest has been given a May 13 premiere date. The first three episodes will drop on that day, ad free, via Spectrum On Demand, with new episodes to follow once weekly after that. Be sure to check out the new trailer from the Spectrum Originals YouTube channel below.