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Although Amazon Prime Video’s crime drama “Bosch” wrapped its seven-season run in June 2021, the story of Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver) continues in the sequel series, “Bosch: Legacy,” airing Friday on Amazon Freevee, formerly IMDb TV, the free ad-supported streaming service available through smart TVs, Roku, FireTV or Chromecast streaming devices.
After returning his badge and leaving the LAPD, Bosch is now a private detective working with former rival Money Chandler (Mimi Rogers) while Bosch’s daughter, Maddie (Madison Lintz), follows in her father’s footsteps and has become a recruit.
“Bosch: Legacy” opens with a “previously on…” entirely taken from the original “Bosch” series, which is readily available in its entirety on Amazon Freevee.
So why not do another season of “Bosch” that incorporates Bosch’s new career? Why create a brand new show and switch platforms?
TV shows get more expensive as they get older. By creating a new series instead of a new season, some costs can be reset. The show also cut out some secondary cast members while the story (mostly) follows the pattern created by author Michael Connelly in his “Bosch” books.
Executive producer Henrik Bastin, who had been with the original “Bosch” since its inception, said it was a joint decision between the show’s producers and Amazon Prime Video executives to shut down the original “Bosch.” Then, executives from sister company Amazon Freevee expressed interest in the sequel series.
“Can we make a show different enough to feel justified? Not just being a second version of “Bosch”, but inventing new scenarios, new tones and stuff like that? Bastin said in a phone interview last month. “And we just felt like, yeah, we can do it and we want to do it.”
While “Bosch” became a set with Welliver as the series’ definitive leader in its early days, “Bosch: Legacy” is more of a threesome, Bastin said, giving equal weight to the stories of Bosch, Money and Maddie. .
“That, structurally, is different,” Bastin said. “He’s also a slightly different Harry Bosch. He is a man who has lived his whole life in very structured environments. Now he’s retired, and I think anybody who gets very invested in your work, and you quit, that puts you in a place of suspended animation. He’s like, ‘What am I going to do with my life?’ But at the same time, I think everyone who’s been a fan of the show is going to accept it. It’s really the DNA (“Bosch”) from the start. »
A significant change in “Bosch: Legacy” is that following an earthquake, Harry’s hillside home in Los Angeles becomes unlivable.
“We actually talked, we have to change something, otherwise it’s just going to look like the second ‘Bosch’,” Bastin said. “The house of Bosch is so intimately linked to him. … Let’s get things moving. If you lose this place which is so important to him, it is something that, once again, changes his life. This is where he retreats, where he feels safe. But he hasn’t given up on the house, so we’ll see if he comes back.
Perhaps the character who sees the biggest change from “Bosch” to “Bosch: Legacy” is Maddie.
“I gained about 20 pounds of muscle, so that’s the biggest change there,” Lintz said in a phone interview in April. “In the old version (of the show), I was never able to do any action. This year, I think I had the small end of the stick when it comes to this physical stuff: a lot of filming at night, a lot of running.
Lintz said in “Bsoch: Legacy,” Maddie and her dad are on equal footing, though she still asks him for advice.
“But she does it in a way that he won’t worry about her,” Lintz said, “that’s what he did (with her) for every season of the original series.”
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