‘Bosch’: Why One Crew Member’s Return for Spin-Off is Great News for Fans

by Matthew Memrick

As details trickle out about the ‘Bosch’ spin-off, one crew member’s return should be great news for longtime fans.

Executive producer Zetna Fuentes returns to showrunner Eric Overmyer’s production stable of talent. Fuentes has directed multiple ‘Bosch’ episodes, and she will get the first crack at the spin-off’s first show. She’s worked on episodes of The Deuce and Ray Donovan. Overmyer is also an executive producer.

Fuentes has three Daytime Emmy Award nominations under her belt. She was part of the directing team on the soap opera One Life to Live. The Bronx, N.Y.-native worked as a theatre director and has several off-Broadway plays. Currently, she’s worked on the Netflix series “Cursed.” She directed the first two episodes of the recently canceled series. 

Thrillist.com says much of the show’s formula will stay true. Author Michael Connelly’s book series developed into Bosch’s new role as a private investigator. Connelly’s The Wrong Side of Goodbye, the 29th Bosch novel, will be the spin-off series’s inspiration. Little, Brown and Company published the book in 2016.

“It’s very much one of my favorite books,” Connelly said. “It might be my favorite book because I finally get to the thing that inspired me to be a writer, and that was the private eye novels of people like Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, and Dashiell Hammett.”

Recently, star Titus Welliver Tweeted out his thanks to the fans, along with a news story clipping from The Hollywood Reporter. The post involved recent Nielson rankings.

Nielsen ranked the show as third among its top streaming shows with 423 million minutes of the show view. Only Disney+ show “Loki” (713 million minutes view) and Netflix’s Lucifer (603 million minutes view) topped the Amazon series.

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Will the new show’s characters come from the old show?

Welliver returns with his daughter, Maddie (Madison Lentz). The final Bosch episode will likely have Lentz’s character and Honey Chandler (played by Mimi Rogers) front and center in the new series. The question remains about several other key characters for fans. Will Lance Reddick’s Irvin Irving and Amy Aquino’s Lieutenant Grace Billets return? 

And Jamie Hector’s J. Edgar role?

In an interview with Next TV, Hector was cryptic when asked about appearing in the spin-off. 

“You never know,” Hector said. “I am excited to know that the work we did together was able to lead to a spin-off, and I’m happy about that whether I make an appearance in it or not.” 

Reportedly, another David Simon HBO series is in the works. Simon is looking to develop Justin Fenton’s “We Own This City: A True Story of Crime, Cops and Corruption.” Hector could join his former ‘Wire’ pal in it.