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First look at “East New York” starring Amanda Warren, the new CBS cop drama!

CBS just ordered a pilot for its new cop drama set in NYC, titled East New York – Amanda Warren has been tapped as the lead. Keep reading to learn more about it! UPDATE On May 12 CBS has given series orders to “East New York”.

From Law & Order and NYPD Blue executive producer William Finkelstein and Big Sky co-exec producer Mike Flynn, East New York is CBS’s latest police drama.

Plot

The series follows Regina Haywood, the newly promoted police captain of East New York, an impoverished, working class neighborhood at the eastern edge of Brooklyn. She leads a diverse group of officers and detectives, some of whom are reluctant to deploy her creative methods of serving and protecting during the midst of social upheaval and the early seeds of gentrification.

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Regina Haywood is the newly promoted deputy inspector of East New York, a working-class neighborhood at the edge of Brooklyn. She leads a diverse group of officers and detectives, some of whom are reluctant to deploy her creative methods of serving and protecting in the midst of social upheaval and the early seeds of gentrification.

Production

Finkelstein and Flynn are writing and exec producing. Skyemac Productions’ Mike Robin, exec producer on series including All Rise and Major Crimes, is also exec producing alongside Self Made: Inspired By The Life of Madam C.J Walker exec producers Mark Holder and Christine Holder of Wonder Street. Warner Bros. is producing.

The series will be rated in the pilot season for a possible release in the 2022/2023 tv season.

Caitlin Mehner, Darien Sills-Evans & C.S. Lee Join CBS Drama

Caitlin Mehner (Dopesick), Darien Sills-Evans (Superior Donuts), and C.S. Lee (Dexter) have joined the cast of CBS’ fall drama East New York in recurring roles.

Mehner portrays Corinne Moynahan, Killian’s (Kevin Rankin) girlfriend. She likes that Killian is protective but chafes when he gets overbearing. Corinne has been working in restaurants for years, both front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house, and is driven to become more independent.

Sills-Evans portrays Deputy Mayor Raymond Sharpe, the polished and intuitive councilman native to East New York.

Lee portrays Desk Sergeant Jimmy Kee. Jimmy keeps order and decorum in the precinct. He doesn’t tolerate slobs or loudmouths —  whether cops or civilians.

Amanda Warren has been tapped as the lead in the CBS drama pilot East New York.

In East New York, co-written by William Finkelstein and Mike Flynn, Regina Haywood (Warren) is the newly promoted deputy inspector of East New York, an impoverished, working-class neighborhood at the eastern edge of Brooklyn. She leads a diverse group of officers and detectives, some of whom are reluctant to deploy her creative methods of serving and protecting during the midst of social upheaval and the early seeds of gentrification.

For former street cop Regina, sharply dressed and serious about her job, her father and her dog are the only two souls with whom she can be fully vulnerable.

Ruben Santiago Hudson, Richard Kind, Lavel Schley and Olivia Luccardi have been cast as series regulars opposite Amanda Warren in the CBS drama pilot East New York.

Hudson will play Marvin Sandeford who could have become a boss or a detective, but he never wanted to be anything but a street cop. He’s very opinionated and given to quick, intractable judgments, but not without compassion. No one knows as much about East New York as he does.

Kind plays Capt. Stan Yenko, a captain who hides his loneliness and insecurity behind a gregarious demeanor and quest for camaraderie with everyone around him.

Schley portrays Andre Bentley, a patrol officer trainee from an upper middle-class background in Westchester. He was never supposed to become a cop, which was half the reason he became one.

Luccardi has been cast as Brandy Quinlan, a patrol officer who had a working class upbringing until she ran away from an abusive home and lived on the street. She’s a go-getter and driven to prove herself.

Finkelstein and Flynn executive produce with Mike Robin of Skyemac Productions, Christine Holder and Mark Holder of Wonder Street. Andrew Maher of Skyemac is co-executive producing. Warner Bros. Television is the studio.

Jimmy Smits Introduces His ‘Politically Savvy’ Police Chief

Jimmy Smits is fired up. As Police Chief John Suarez, he’s filming CBS‘ new police drama East New York in the Brooklyn neighborhood where he grew up and reuniting with executive producers William Finkelstein and Michael M. Robin, friends from his L.A. Law and NYPD Blue days.

“I trust them, where their hearts are in terms of where they want to go with this piece. Bochco alums emeritus!” the actor crows, referring to Steven Bochco, cocreator of those series. The veteran actor was also drawn to East New York, he says, “Because looking at the role of law enforcement and the idea of policing in these times fascinates me.”

Of his character, Smits says, “Suarez is a rock — politically savvy, but realizes there needs to be change.” That’s why he’s handpicked a deputy inspector to head the 74th Precinct, a mostly minority area that requires fresh thinking to bring down crime rates. For onetime street cop Regina Haywood (Amanda Warren), “her priority is to give people a sense of safety and security,” Finkelstein notes. “As she says, ‘We’re not an occupying army.’”

Some of Haywood’s plans — like ending infractions quotas — will “ruffle feathers among the higher-ups,” says Mike Flynn, cocreator with Finkelstein.

At the 74th, veteran officer Marvin Sandeford (Ruben Santiago-Hudson) and Det. Tommy Killian (Kevin Rankin) are skeptics. Killian’s partner, Det. Crystal Morales (Elizabeth Rodriguez), is more open to Regina’s plans. In the premiere, Haywood encourages cops to live in East New York; Sandeford worries when the first volunteer to move into a housing project is one of the greener officers, Brandy Quinlan (Olivia Luccardi), an ambitious young white woman.

Haywood does have allies. Underestimated Capt. Stan Yenko (a scene-stealing Richard Kind) becomes her loyal No. 2. “He’s essentially Sancho Panza to Haywood’s Don Quixote,” Flynn teases. And Suarez has her back, when he can. There’s “an absolute minefield of city politics he has to contend with,” Smits says. “’The long game,’ that is his motto!”

In a turbulent time, where law enforcement is so often polarizing, Flynn believes East New York is “a prime opportunity to showcase the cops who work in the community — and sometimes live there as well — who are trying to do good.” While solving crime is a big part of the show, it’s not all of it, adds Finkelstein. “It’s also a character-driven exploration of the people who become cops. Who wants to become a cop and why? We access that in an area that has a high rate of crime and community difficulty. There are forces that are in conflict and that’s what makes good drama.”

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What do you think about this first look at “East New York”, the new CBS cop drama?

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Source: Deadline

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Aurora Odolini
Aurora Odolini
Currently studying Communication sciences, when I’m not crying for university, I’m crying for TV series. I like running off into imaginary worlds because they’re way better than reality. Oscar nominated for mental movies. A perfect mix of Jane Sloan, Jessica Day and Clary Morgenstern (The book version, though). In my free time, I write articles and TV series reviews, so to combine two biggest passions of mine.

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