La Brea may still bring Chicago PD actor Jon Seda back to NBC.
With TV and film production paused this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, La Brea didn’t shoot its pilot as originally planned and wasn’t on NBC’s fall schedule. But the show is still being developed for the future.
According to multiple media reports, NBC ordered additional La Brea scripts before the shutdown, which means they’re interested in the story and want to see more of where the series would go.
The general premise of the disaster-themed drama is that a massive sinkhole opens up in Los Angeles, revealing a whole separate primeval world.
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It’s told through the perspective of one family, who find themselves divided as some of them go through the sinkhole into the new world and some of them don’t. They’ll have to fight to return home, while also figuring out what exactly happened.
Jon Seda was cast in March as Dr. Benjamin Glass, a take-charge doctor who also happens to be a former Navy SEAL.
While the script order is a big positive, Chicago PD viewers shouldn’t get too excited about La Brea yet. Per the aforementioned reports, NBC is not planning to shoot the pilot this year, meaning that production wouldn’t start until 2021.
Especially given the scope of the show, and all the special and practical effects that a sinkhole and an alternate world would require, Seda fans wouldn’t be likely to see this until next fall.
And that’s if NBC picks it up—it’s possible that they could read those scripts and decide it’s not for them.
There are still a few hurdles that La Brea needs to clear before it feels like it’s really going to happen, but it’s an encouraging sign that the show still has plenty of life in it. One Chicago fans would certainly turn up to see Jon Seda back on TV again, even if it’s not as Antonio Dawson.
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