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NBC Said 'No' To Gabrielle Union's 'Bad Boys' Spin-Off, But She's Winning In Canada + Chadwick Boseman Tells ESQUIRE Why He Never Wanted To Be An Actor

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When one network says no, another says yes! Get the deets on Gabrielle Union's Bad Boys spin-off being given a 2nd chance. Plus, find out what Chadwick Boseman said he never wanted to be an actor in his ESQUIRE cover story inside...

 

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When it's meant to, it's just meant to be.

Gabrielle Union was set to star in a Bad Boys spin-off TV series alongside Jessica Alba titled "L.A.'s Finest." And it was set to premiere on NBC.

However, the network decided to axe the 13-episode series. Lame.

But, fear not. The show will go on....just not in America. Well, it might. Let us explain.

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According to Deadline, "L.A.'s Finest" has picked up the series after Canadian broadcast company Bell Media inked a deal with Sony Pictures Television to air the show on it's premium channels. For the U.S. fans, Sony is reportedly looking to close a similar deal with Charter Communications so that the show will be aired in the U.S. So you see, we might get to still see the Bad Boys spin-off after all.

The spin-off will focus on Gabby's character Syd Burnett, Martin Lawrence's character Marcus' younger sister, becoming an LAPD detective as she tries to escape her past.

Deadline gives a synopsis of the series:

The series stars Union as Syd Burnett, last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel, having left her complicated past behind to become an LAPD detective and pursue all the fun LA offers. But things get a little crazy when her new partner, Nancy McKenna, played by Alba, a working mom with an equally complex past, learns that Syd’s unapologetic lifestyle might be masking a greater personal secret. These two have completely different approaches and don’t agree on much, but they find common ground when it comes to taking on the most dangerous criminals in L.A. in this action-packed, character-driven drama.

The pilot was written by Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier and directed by Anton Cropper. L.A.’s Finest comes from Jerry Bruckheimer Television, Primary Wave, 2.0 Entertainment and Sony TV. Alba and Union executive produce alongside Sonnier Margolis, Bruckheimer, Belgrad, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed, Jeff Gaspin and Jeff Morrone.

No one is likely more excited that Gabby, who will star AND executive produce the new show.

 

Words we all can live by. 

In other actor news...

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Chadwick Boseman is back on model status.

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The Black Panther star shows off his funky style on two separate covers for ESQUIRE magazine's Summer 18 issue.

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Inside, the 41-year-old actor revealed he never wanted to be an actor at first. He was interested in the behind-the-scenes action of a production.

“I was more so of the mind of the director and the writer," he explained. "I didn’t want to be onstage and I didn’t want to be on camera. Not at all. My older brother, he’s a dancer; he was also in plays. I would sit in the audience with my mom watching the director, and I was more interested in what he was doing than the performance onstage; it didn’t register that it was something I wanted to do. I became an actor because I was just trying to learn the whole process.”

Thank GOD he did. He's slayed every major role he has starred in like when he played Jackie Robinson in 42, James Brown in Get On Up, Thurgood Marshall in Marshall and T'Challa in Black Panther.

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With the global success of Black Panther, Chadwick said it's going to be hard for studios to use that lame excuse that "black movies don't sell outside of the U.S." any long.

“Studios will very often tell you that movies with a black lead are not going to work overseas. That was the thing for me—this means something everywhere in the world. It could actually change how studios respond to [black] movies. You can no longer say definitively, ‘Black movies don’t work [outside of the U. S.].’”

Facts.

You can read his full interview here.

 

EXTRAS:

1. Apparently, "Lethal Weapons" stars Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford did NOT get along and now folks are spilling tea about their tumultuous "relationship." STORY

Photos: Getty/Melodie McDaniel via ESQUIRE

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