“East New York” stars Amanda Warren and Jimmy Smits tease what fans should expect from the show and their characters!
The duo stars in CBS’ new police drama, East New York, launching this Sunday
The one-hour drama follows newly promoted boss of the 74th Precinct in East New York, Regina Haywood (Warren), who is determined to deploy creative methods to protect her community. But first, she has to get her fellow officers and detectives on board, some of whom are skeptical of her promotion and others resistant to the changes she’s desperate to make.
One of the things that was so attractive for the stars is the location
Smits grew up in the area and Warren is a Manhattan native, so the set was basically the place they grew up in!
“It’s one of the reasons I signed on to do this. This is kind of like the ode to Brooklyn in general. But specifically when I heard when they were doing something that was called East New York, there’s a lot that I connect with in terms of the area and what it means to me and the framework in terms of what the story is about in this present time that we’re in,” he shared with ET. “It just resonated with me on a lot of different levels. That’s why I’m here.”
“What’s so great about filming here is that we’re in East New York and then around it, you really get the sense of what the community’s like,” Warren added. “There’s really beautiful people here, really beautiful parks and recreation, and activities to do. And we want to highlight that on the program.”
Warren is excited for fans to get to know her character, Regina
“What’s great about Regina is that she’s this powerful woman, very independent, very compartmentalized with a lot of things that she’s dealing with throughout the precinct. Like, with the administration, with the autocratic issues and then with the community in trying to build a bridge [with] law enforcement,” she teed up. “So we see this kind of community policing that starts to happen in a different way, in a more nuanced way that Regina creates and it’s really beautiful. And then you also see all these other really great characters and their backstory and lives as well.”
Smits talked about his character, Chief Suarez
“I’m not going to say he’s old school but he has gone through the department and had to navigate the waters of the department. Now he has this opportunity with this particular command in East New York to help elevate someone to the next level and try to institute the type of policing where there’s more of a community interaction,” he said. “President Obama said it best to me, that these are guardians to protect and serve, not warriors. So it’s looking at law enforcement from maybe a little bit of a different lens.”
East New York premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.