’61st Street’ picked up by The CW after AMC’s cancellation

legal thriller 61st street starring Courtney B. Vance was picked up by The CW, four months after the series was canceled by AMC.

The announcement was made on Friday, with The CW saying Season 2 will debut in 2024.

61st street is a gripping, star-studded premium drama led by a powerful performance from Courtney B. Vance and featuring an incredibly talented ensemble cast and a brilliant, creative team of producers,” said Brad Schwartz, President of Entertainment at The CW, in a press release.

“We are proud that The CW is now the broadcast home of 61st street and I can’t wait to introduce this series to a whole new audience,” Schwartz added.

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The legal thriller centers on promising high school athlete Moses Johnson (Tosin Cole), who is drawn into Chicago’s corrupt criminal justice system. Vance plays attorney Franklin Roberts.

The cast also includes Aunjanue Ellis, Mark O’Brien, Bentley Green, Andrene Ward-Hammond and Holt McCallany.

“There has been a lot of love and hard work to make 61st streetVance said in a statement. “I’m thrilled that The CW enthusiastically gave away all 16 episodes of 61st street a network house. With The CW, I’m confident we’ll engage a universe of viewers who will celebrate the show with us. My cast, crew and I can’t wait!

Season 2 had already been filmed when AMC decided not to air it, according to published information.

The decision to cancel the series would be part of continued cost-cutting measures on the network. Other shows affected by the cuts include psychological thriller Invitation to a bonfire with Tatiana Maslany, the comedy sci-fi series Unmasks; and science fiction mystery Lunar Haven.

61st street is an AMC studio production. The series was created by criminal justice writer Peter Moffat, who produces alongside Michael B. Jordan and J. David Shanks.

The series’ first season will premiere on The CW in the fall of 2023, with a never-before-seen season 2 debuting in 2024.

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