CBS has decided to cancel both the police procedural series “East New York” and “True Lies” after only one season.
Sources indicate that the cancellation stemmed from CBS engaging in negotiations with Warner Bros. Television, the studio behind the series, regarding the show’s budget. This included CBS requesting that the cast of the show refrain from seeking customary pay increases for the second season. It has been previously reported that CBS renewed other shows in its lineup, such as the comedy “Bob Hearts Abishola,” by either asking the cast to accept pay reductions or shifting series regulars to recurring status.
The drama series featured Amanda Warren in the role of deputy inspector Regina Haywood, who had recently been promoted to lead the 74th Precinct in East New York. The show was set in this working-class neighborhood on the cusp of Brooklyn and depicted the challenges it faced amid social changes and the early stages of gentrification. With deep ties to the community, Haywood was determined to employ innovative approaches to safeguard her cherished neighborhood with the support of her officers and detectives. However, her first hurdle was gaining their trust, as some were skeptical of her promotion, and others resisted the changes she was eager to implement.
The cast of “East New York” featured Amanda Warren as deputy inspector Regina Haywood, alongside Jimmy Smits in the role of John Suarez, Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Marvin Sandeford, Kevin Rankin as Tommy Killian, Richard Kind as Stan Yenko, Elizabeth Rodriguez as Crystal Morales, Lavel Schley as Andre Bentley, and Olivia Luccardi as Brandy Quinlan.
The series “East New York” was co-created by William Finkelstein and Mike Flynn. William Finkelstein is renowned for his work on series like “The Good Fight,” “Law & Order,” and “NYPD Blue,” while Mike Flynn’s credits include “Big Sky,” “Power Book III: Raising Kanan,” and “Queen Sugar.”
Executive producers for the series were William Finkelstein, Mike Flynn, and Michael M. Robin, with Warner Bros. Television serving as the studio. The final episode of “East New York” is set to air on Sunday, May 14.
“True Lies” was adapted from the 1994 film of the same name, directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. This television adaptation marked the second attempt to bring the story to the small screen, as Fox had previously given a put pilot commitment to a series adaptation that ultimately did not make it to air.
The series “True Lies” revolved around Harry Tasker, portrayed by Steve Howey, who was a top-tier international spy working for the U.S. intelligence agency Omega Sector. His wife, Helen, played by Ginger Gonzaga, was a language professor who had grown tired of her monotonous daily life. However, she made the startling discovery that her seemingly ordinary husband was leading a remarkable double life as a spy. With the secret exposed, Omega Sector recruits Helen, who impresses everyone and becomes a part of Harry’s team. Together, they undertake covert missions across the globe while keeping their adventures concealed from their two teenage children.
The adaptation of “True Lies” was created by Matt Nix, who also served as an executive producer alongside James Cameron, Rae Sanchini, McG, Mary Viola, Corey Marsh, Josh Levy, and Anthony Hemingway. The studio behind the series was 20th Television, and the show is scheduled to conclude on Wednesday, May 17.
In related news, CBS has reportedly reversed its decision to cancel “SWAT” after ongoing discussions between CBS and the show’s co-producer, Sony Pictures Television, over the weekend. While “SWAT” had performed well in its Friday night timeslot, the decision to cancel it is said to have been primarily influenced by financial considerations.