For many viewers, Titus Welliver is Harry Bosch. Over the course of seven seasons, the actor has so inhabited the role that it’s hard to think of another actor playing the veteran detective. But Welliver thought for a time he was getting replaced in the upcoming spinoff.
Currently, “Bosch” is prepared to go off into the sunset with its seventh season. But the adventures of the detective aren’t over. Even before the final season aired, creator Michael Connelly announced a spin-off airing on IMDb TV.
But series lead Titus Welliver didn’t get the memo he was returning for the spin-off. In an interview with Newsweek, Connelly discussed the misunderstanding, regretting hurting the actor’s feelings.
“I felt kind of bad because I misspoke when I told him ‘hey we’re going to do a spin-off with Bosch as a private eye’ and he just kind of nodded,” Connelly told the outlet. “I didn’t think of it in terms of an actor and he thought ‘so you’re gonna reboot it with a younger guy or something,’ he was like ‘who plays Bosch?'”
Like many viewers, Connelly could never imagine someone else in the role. But he forgot to tell Welliver he would be starring in the spinoff.
“I was like ‘oh my gosh you play Bosch, no one else could play Bosch are you kidding me?’ and then suddenly he lit up and it was a no-brainer,” Connelly said.
Titus Welliver Will Return in ‘Bosch’ Spin-off
For many fans, a final season often means saying goodbye to your favorite characters. But “Bosch” fans have every reason to be excited. Titus Welliver will be taking Harry Bosch out of the Los Angeles Police Department and becoming a private investigator.
According to Connelly, Welliver sees Bosch as a role he can play for years to come. Likewise, co-stars Madison Lintz and Mimi Rogers will return as Maddie Bosch and Money Chandler.
“No convincing was necessary. I think he sees this as the role of his life. For 30 years he was a character actor, you know, several names down the billing,” Connelly continued.
Amazon’s IMDb TV approached Connelly about making the spin-off. Bosch leaving the LAPD was the perfect jumping-on point for the spin-off. The series will continue the adventures of Bosch in a new setting, separating itself from the original. So in a way, it will be both a spin-off and a sequel
“They came to me and said ‘in your books, there’s a big change, Bosch goes from cop to PI. Would you be interested in doing a show continuing with the private eye side of things?'” Connelly said. “I think it’s a greater opportunity, I’m so proud of the show we made but it’s Bosch with a badge and he’s got the rules and regulation of being a cop and he steps over the line but it’s never two feet over the line so we held that back.