About a month ago, the final season of Amazon Prime’s hit crime drama “Bosch” premiered. Ahead of the premiere, creator Michael Connelly and lead Titus Welliver discussed how current events influenced the shape of the story and final season.
Connelly, who authored the Harry Bosch book series that the show is based off, opened up to The Los Angeles Times about filming during the pandemic. He said they filmed before the murder of George Floyd, which propelled a series of changes in our country.
One of those changes included the attitude towards police officers in different TV shows. But Connelly isn’t worried that “Bosch” will be implicated in that.
“I know there’s a thing in the media about glorifying cops on these shows. But I never thought we did that. My conscience is clear on that,” Connelly told The Los Angeles Times.
Welliver agreed, even saying how police officers more often than not appreciate “Bosch’s” “honest” depiction of the police.
“Cops come up to me and say, ‘I love your show. It completely gets it right. It is real,'” Welliver said.
Welliver went on to discuss how his character, Harry Bosch, has a “flawless moral compass.” This forces him to clash with bad guys from all sorts of sources, including ones that are traditionally thought of as “good.”
“His credo is, ‘Everybody counts or nobody counts.’ Can you get more centered than that?” Welliver explained. “He is not a guy who would ever beat a confession out of somebody, plant evidence on somebody, or pull someone over based on the color of their skin or their religion or sexual preference. That’s just not who he is. Our show is about people, the human condition, and how people evolve or devolve based on junctions in society and what life brings them. It just so happens that he’s a cop.”
How ‘Bosch’ Incorporates The City Of Los Angeles As A Character
Part of what makes “Bosch” feel so real is how it really dives into the nitty-gritty of L.A. It’s not all glamor and beaches, all the time. Like The Los Angeles Times reports, the crime drama “showcased the vast and diverse communities of Los Angeles that are not always frequented by tourist buses.”
For author and show creator Michael Connelly, this was a crucial choice for “Bosch.”
“The show is about the city and the city is emblematic of our society,” Connelly said. “We can’t just show Musso & Frank and Pink’s Hot Dogs without talking about the other aspects of what it’s like to live here. We’ve built up a trust where we can do this, that we can go to these places and deal with these different subjects. Everyone in the city faces them, some more than others.”
With so much changing in L.A. recently, Connelly looks forward to exploring more in the spin-off show. the upcoming spin-off follows Harry Bosch as he leaves LAPD to become a private investigator. It also dives into his daughter, Maddie, who decides to join the force as her dad leaves it.
“So for me, it’s such a great opportunity that we’ve got this second show,” Connelly continued. “We’re going to have a 24-year-old white girl being a cop in L.A. post the George Floyd murder. We have real cops on our show and we know what has changed the department, and we will be able to show that. This season will be a springboard to what’s coming.”
There’s no title or release date for the new spin-off show yet. But the cast reports that they’re in the process of filming the show right now.