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The Real Reason L.A.'s Finest Season 3 Was Cancelled

L.A.'s Finest, a spinoff of the Bad Boys film franchise, stars Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba as Los Angeles Police Department officers. Sydney Burnett (Union) is an ex-DEA agent who has recently transferred to LAPD and is partnered with Nancy McKenna (Alba), who is secretly a former career criminal.

The series premiered on Spectrum Originals in May 2019 and then also had its network premiere on Fox in September 2020 before finally reaching Netflix in December 2020 (via Newsweek). And while a second season was picked up and then released, airing its final episode in September 2020, it was soon canceled. As of now, only the first season is on Netflix, although, now that all the episodes have aired on Fox, they may be adding the next season soon, giving Netflix users a chance to catch up on the rest of the series.

Here's what we know about the show's cancellation.

It might be tied to the Black Lives Matter movement

There's currently no concrete answer as to why the show was canceled, but Newsweek pointed out a relevant piece of information that was reported by Deadline in June 2020. The season two premiere of L.A.'s Finest was pushed back so it wouldn't air in the midst of the George Floyd protests. Since the show focused on two cops as protagonists, it seemed tone-deaf to air it during widespread protests against police brutality.

This may be part of the reason the show was canceled. After all, the long-running reality show Cops was canceled in June 2020 as well, in direct response to the protests (via The New York Times). The civil rights group Color of Change expressed its support for this decision. "This is the right move and I want to give Paramount credit for being one of the first. We want to see more," Rashad Robinson, executive director of the group, told The New York Times. "These cop reality shows that glorify police but will never show the deep level of police violence are not reality, they are P.R. arms for law enforcement. Law enforcement doesn't need P.R. They need accountability in this country." 

This is all just speculation, of course, but the timing of the cancelation does make a lot of sense. We'll just have to wait and see if any more information is released about the end of L.A.'s Finest.