10:49am PT by Etan Vlessing
'L.A.'s Finest,' Starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, a Go at Canada's Bell Media
Canada's Bell Media has picked up L.A.’s Finest, starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, from Sony Pictures Television after package buying at the Los Angeles Screenings.
Based on the Bad Boys film franchise, L.A.’s Finest stars Union as Syd Burnett, who was last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel. Syd has left her complicated past behind to become an LAPD detective and pursue all the fun Los Angeles offers. But things get a little crazy when her new partner, Nancy McKenna (Jessica Alba), a working mom with an equally complex past, learns that Syd’s unapologetic lifestyle might be masking a greater personal secret.
The Canadian network also bought the BBC America one-hour spy thriller Killing Eve, starring Sandra Oh, for its Bravo network.
NBC in May shockingly passed on picking up L.A.'s Finest to series. The pilot, which counts the film's Jerry Bruckheimer among its exec producers, was considered a front-runner for a series order given its bulit-in IP and big-name stars attached. That led Sony Pictures Television Studios to shop the series elsewhere. The indie studio is in advanced negotiations with Charter Communications to air the series stateside as the cable giant's first scripted entry under recently hired exec Katherine Pope. The Canadian license fee will be helpful to the Hollywood studio as L.A.'s Finest carries a sizable price tag and and two big stars.
Bell Media also picked up last week at the L.A. Screenings Syfy's Deadly Class drama, which stars Benjamin Wadsworth and Benedict Wong, TNT's Chris Pine-starrer One Day She'll Darken (working title) and NBCU International crime drama Gone, starring Chris Noth.
Bell Media on Thursday said it had bought seven rookie U.S. network dramas, including ABC's The Rookie, starring Nathan Fillion, and CBS' Magnum P.I., with Jay Hernandez, for its main CTV network.
The country's top-rated network also nabbed Fox's spy-hunting drama The Enemy Within; Marcia Clark's Fox legal thriller The Fix; CBS' The Red Line, from producers Ava DuVernay and Greg Berlanti; ABC's The Village; and Grand Hotel, executive produced by Eva Longoria.
Lesley Goldberg contributed to this report.