The Bosch-iverse is growing.
Amazon’s Prime Video has placed a series order for a second spinoff of the crime drama. The untitled series will focus on Renée Ballard, an LAPD detective who’s a major character in several novels from author Michael Connelly, the creator of the Harry Bosch character and an executive producer on both Prime Video’s Bosch and its Freevee spinoff/sequel, Bosch: Legacy.
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The pickup comes a week after Bosch: Legacy concluded its second season on Freevee.
Michael Alaimo (The Closer, The Man Who Fell to Earth) and Kendall Sherwood (Your Honor) will serve as showunners and executive producers on the new series. The two previously worked together on TNT’s Major Crimes. Connelly and Fabel Entertainment’s Henrik Bastin and Melissa Aouate, EPs of both Bosch series, will also executive produce. Fabel’s Jasmine Russ is a co-EP, as are Jamie Boscardin Martin, Trey Batchelor and Hieronymus Pictures’ Theresa Snider.
“It is so exciting to bring Renée Ballard to the screen and to do it with Prime Video, my streaming partners for going on 10 years,” Connelly said in a statement. “This show will have the same authenticity and propulsive momentum of Bosch: Legacy. Fans of the books will love it.”
The Renée Ballard series is one of two extensions of the Bosch franchise Amazon MGM Studios put into development in early 2023. The other, focusing on Jamie Hector’s Detective Jerry Edgar, remains in development.
The new series will follow Ballard as she is “tasked with running the LAPD’s new cold case division — a poorly funded, all-volunteer unit with the largest case load in the city,” per the show’s logline. “She approaches these frozen-in-time cases with empathy and determination. When she uncovers a larger conspiracy during her investigations, she’ll lean on the assistance of her retired ally, Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver), to navigate the dangers that threaten both her unit and her life.”
“From books to screen, Michael Connelly creates authentic and suspenseful stories, led by distinctive characters who make audiences care and connect. Renée Ballard is one of those characters,” said Lauren Anderson, head of AVOD originals, unscripted and targeted programming at Amazon MGM Studios. “She instantly captivated readers with hints of a troubled past and a protective layer of idiosyncrasies she developed to survive. We look forward to expanding the Bosch universe with Michael and introducing viewers to Ballard’s personal approach to pursuing justice.”
Added Bastin, “Alaimo and Sherwood have done an incredible job bringing Renée to life and creating a show that feels contemporary and fresh while honoring the Michael Connelly Universe. As the producers of Bosch and Bosch: Legacy, we are sure fans will love this new installment in the franchise.”
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