I’m glad to see Jamie Hector featured on the above new poster art for Amazon’s upcoming new crime drama series “Bosch.” Previously, if one didn’t dig hard enough, you probably wouldn’t even know that he was in it, based on past marketing materials. But he plays a prominent role – clearly – enough that Amazon thought he deserved to be on the poster along with the show’s star, Titus Welliver, who plays the title character.
I’m actually looking forward to the series, which was picked up last year, after Amazon’s pilot season test. I thought it was the best of all of Amazon’s freshman class of pilots that were launched a year ago, and is now set to premiere (a 10-episode season) a week from today, Friday, February 13, on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video.
Based on Michael Connelly’s international best-selling Harry Bosch book series, “Bosch” stars Titus Welliver as Detective Harry Bosch, Jamie Hector as his partner, Detective Jerry Edgar, Hector’s “The Wire” co-star Lance Reddick as Deputy Chief Irvin Irving, Amy Aquino as Lt. Grace Billets, and Annie Wersching as Julia Brasher, with Sarah Clarke as Eleanor Wish and Jason Gedrick as Raynard Waits.
The series follows the relentless LAPD homicide detective as he pursues the killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court on accusations that he murdered a suspected killer in cold blood.
Bosch was developed for television by Eric Overmyer, best known for his work on “Treme,” “The Wire,” and “Homicide: Life on the Streets” – all solid shows, so this one hopefully continues that streak.
I watched the pilot episode when Amazon released it last February, and dug what I saw, so I’ll definitely be checking it out when the full series debuts next week. It’s mostly standard detective series crime drama fare, based on the single episode I screened, so don’t expect anything groundbreaking here. But I thought it was well made and entertaining, and appreciated what looked like a relatively diverse cast (despite the fact that the series is led by a white male character, and thus much of the drama centers around him).
The first episode of “Bosch” is available to watch now, before next week’s full series premiere.
“We had a very strong response to the pilot from our customers and, after years of anticipation from the fan community, we are delighted to launch the complete first television season of Michael Connelly’s classic works of LA Noir,” said Roy Price, Vice President, Amazon Studios.
“I am very pleased with season one,” Connelly says. “We have been extremely loyal to the character and city in the books. I think anybody who likes Harry Bosch on the page is going to like him on screen too. Titus Welliver is perfectly cast and viewers are going to be drawn to him whether they’ve read the books or not.”
“With its high production values, star-studded cast and huge fan base already established from the book franchise – Bosch will be the crime drama series of 2015!” added Henrik Pabst, Managing Director at Red Arrow International.
Check out the series’ full trailer below: