The Spectrum network’s show ‘L.A.’s Finest’ is inspired by the famous film series ‘Bad Boys‘ starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. The series is created by George Gallo. It is produced by 2.0 Entertainment, Sony Pictures Television, and Jeff Bruckheimer Television. Gabrielle Union, Jessica Alba, Brandon Margolis, Brandon Sonnier, Pam Veasey, Doug Belgrad, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Kristie, Anne Reed, Jeff Gaspin, Jeff Morrone, and Anton Cropper are the executive producers of the show.
Buddy cop movies and tv shows have always centered around men. ‘L.A.’s Finest’ is a unique show where the leading characters in the series are two women. Interestingly, the pilot of the series was made for NBC, who then passed it off. The project got later picked up by Spectrum. The pilot is directed by Anton Cropper, who is also the director of a number of episodes on the show ‘Suits’.
L.A.’s Finest Cast: Who is in it?
The show ‘L.A.’s Finest’ revolves around two policewomen in Los Angeles and their various adventures while trying to bring the criminals of Los Angeles to justice. The two leading characters, Sydney “Syd” Burnett and Nancy McKenna are played by Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba respectively. The names Syd and Nancy are a subtle nod to the legendary punk rock couple Sex Pistols’ bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.
The character of Sydney Burnett can be seen in the 2003 movie ‘Bad Boys II’, and after completing her duties in Miami, now she has moved to Los Angeles. Here, she has partnered up with Nancy who is a single mother and equally competent at her job.
In their interview with Entertainment Weekly, the two actresses spoke of their mutual love for the Bad Boys film franchise and how excited they were to act in a spinoff of the popular film series. Alba also added that she always wanted to be a part of a buddy cops film, saying, “I am a fan of Jerry Bruckheimer and I loved the Bad Boys franchise and it’s such a fun tone. This was always the type of movie that I wanted to be in; the Die Hards, the Bad Boys, Lethal Weapon. I was like, “Why aren’t women shown not as the damsel in distress or the housewife that is waiting for the guy to come home or the women? Why can’t women be the leads in these types of environments?” And for me, this was like my little kid-actress dream come true.”
The two actors are also seemingly very fond of each other, with both of them saying that they really appreciated the other person even before having met or signing up for working together on ‘L.A.’s Finest’.