The Season 2 Premiere of Gabrielle Union’s Show ‘LA’s Finest’ Has Been Delayed at the Last Minute
The Spectrum network has made a last-minute decision to delay the season 2 premiere of its cop drama LA’s Finest. The series, which stars Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, was supposed to begin airing new episodes June 8. However, the upcoming season of the Bad Boys spinoff has been delayed until later in 2020.
The ‘LA’s Finest’ delay comes amid police brutality protests
The LA’s Finest delay, which was reported by Deadline, comes amid widespread protests against police brutality following the death of an unarmed Black man named George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Protestors have largely been focused on issues such as reforming or defunding police departments and ending systemic racism in the U.S. But there have also been calls to change the way police are depicted in the media.
USA Today’s television critic Kelly Lawler argued it is time for television to rethink its reliance on cop shows. These programs typically deliver a “glorified portrayal of law enforcement,” she wrote. Washington Post opinion writer Alyssa Rosenberg made a similar case. “If Hollywood is serious about combating police brutality, it will pause production on ever[y] police procedural and movie and take a hard look at the stories it’s telling,” she tweeted.
LA’s Finest isn’t the only cop-focused programming that’s been paused in recent days. A&E decided not to air episodes of Live PD in early June “out of respect for the families of George Floyd and others who have lost their lives,” Deadline reported. Soon after, the network canceled the series. The long-running reality series Cops has also disappeared from the Paramount Network.
Season 1 of LA’s Finest is set to air on Fox this fall. The show’s first season was originally broadcast on Spectrum in May 2019.
Gabrielle Union has been speaking out about racism
So far, neither Union nor Alba has commented on the sudden change to LA’s Finest’s premiere date. But both have shared messages of support for protesters on social media.
Union — who until November 2019 was a judge on America’s Got Talent — has also been speaking up about racism in the entertainment industry. She has said she was fired from AGT because she complained about racism on set.
After an internal investigation, NBC said Union’s allegations were unfounded. The network said the decision to drop her as one of the judges didn’t have anything to do with her complaints. Union has since filed a harassment complaint against NBCUniversal and production companies Fremantle and Simon Cowell’s company Syco.
Union has said she feels a responsibility to use her position to speak out.
“If I can’t speak out with the privilege that I have, and the benefits that my husband and I have, what is the point of making it?” the actress, who is married to former NBA star Dwayne Wade, told Variety. “What is the point of having a seat at the table and protecting your privilege when you’re not doing sh*t to help other people? It’s absolutely terrifying to speak truth to power about anything. I’m trying not to be terrified, and some days are better than others.”
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