Friday, November 17, 2023

Amazon Orders 'Bosch' Spinoff Centering on Detective Renée Ballard

Amazon has today given a series order to an untitled spinoff of Bosch - centering on LAPD Detective Renée Ballard. The first season will produce 10 episodes.

Based on the novels by Michael Connelly, Detective Renée Ballard 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. Ballard 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, to navigate the dangers that threaten both her unit and her life.

Michael Alaimo and Kendall Sherwood developed the drama. They will executive produce with Connelly, Henrik Bastin and Melissa Aouate. Co-executive producers will include Jasmine Russ, Jamie Boscardin Martin, Trey Batchelor and Theresa Snider. Amazon Studios, Hieronymus Pictures and Fabel Entertainment will produce.

"It is so exciting to bring Renée Ballard to the screen and do it with Prime Video, my streaming partners for going on 10 years," said Connelly. "This show will have the same authenticity and propulsive momentum of Bosch: Legacy. Fans of the books will love it."

"From books to screen, Michael Connelly creates authentic and suspenseful stories, led by distinctive characters who make audiences care and connect," added Lauren Anderson, Head of AVOD Originals, Unscripted and Targeted Programming, Amazon MGM Studios. "Renée Ballard is one of those characters. 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."