Movies have been coming to the small screen more and more frequently in recent years, whether in reboot adaptations like Lethal Weapon on Fox or sequels like the short-lived Training Day on CBS. A spinoff of the Bad Boys film franchise has been in the works for TV with none other than Gabrielle Union as star, but it had not yet been announced where the prospective show would air if ordered to series. Now, we have our answer: NBC.
The Bad Boys spinoff was considered a hot property by a number of platforms, and Deadline reports that multiple networks were actively pursuing the project prior to NBC landing it. NBC has delivered a pilot production commitment, which means that the spinoff will almost certainly at least get a pilot. That's not quite as much as a straight-to-series order, but fans of the Bad Boys franchise can probably be pretty optimistic about the spinoff making it to series, given how many networks wanted to land the project.
The prospective spinoff was announced last week as coming from producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Doug Belgrad, but the idea for the series revolving around Gabrielle Union's character reportedly came from her talent agency, Primary Wave. All things considered, she makes sense as the star for a TV show set in the Bad Boys universe. Fans of the franchise will remember her for her performance in 2003's Bad Boys II. She played Special Agent Syd Burnett, although her life will have gone through some significant changes by the time the spinoff would pick up.
Should the spinoff go to series, Syd Burnett will have moved on from her DEA job to become a detective for the LAPD. In her new life, she intends to enjoy all the pleasures available in Los Angeles and hopefully leave her explosive life behind her. Unfortunately, her new partner cottons on to the fact that Syd is covering up a big personal secret. Whether this secret is her work back in Bad Boys II or something else that has happened in her life in the years between the end of the movie and the beginning of her life in L.A. remains to be seen.
It should be interesting to see how a series would handle Syd Burnett's ties to the larger Bad Boys universe. Syd is the sister of Martin Lawrence's Marcus Burnett and was the love interest of Will Smith's Mike Lowrey. We can bet that neither Lawrence nor Smith are looking to land a primetime gig, but maybe one or both of them could drop in for a cameo to help establish the connection between the movies and the spinoff, which has not yet received a title.
The spinoff is possible due to the upcoming end of Gabrielle Union's BET series Being Mary Jane, which is slated to air its two-hour series finale as a movie next year. We'll have to wait and see who NBC can land to fill out the rest of the cast of the spinoff. For what you can watch while we wait for more news on the Bad Boys spinoff (and perhaps even sequel) front, take a gander at our fall TV guide.