Harry Bosch is back on the case – albeit a different one – as Bosch: legacy hits Freevee (fka IMDb TV, Amazon’s free streaming hub) this Friday.
A spin-off of Prime Video’s seven-season adaptation of Michael Connelly’s Bosch novels, Bosch: legacy re-stars Titus Welliver as the former LAPD detective, who, a year and a half after the events of the previous series finale, finds work here and there as a private detective. (Harry being Harry, he relies solely on word of mouth and won’t give his number.)
Elsewhere, daughter Maddie (Madison Lintz) is about to brave her first day as a rookie/”boot” in the LAPD, while family friend/legal eagle Honey “Money” Chandler (Mimi Rogers) gnaws his brake for hedge fund slimeball Carl Rogers to get what happens to him, after he wreaked so much havoc – including trying to get her killed – in Season 7.
As many have since joked Legacy was announced, Welliver himself believes that “it’s less of a spin-off than a continuation. And if you’ve followed these characters over the years, it’s a natural progression.
Indeed, danger will be no stranger to Bosch-as-PI, who in Episode 1 is wooed by a billionaire (played by William Devane) for a bit of silent espionage that promises to raise many hedgehogs.
Bosch: legacy premieres Friday with its first four episodes, followed by weekly drops of two at a time. TVLine spoke with Welliver about what’s new (and not) with Harry, a bit of a revamp, and his candid thoughts on the new “Freevee” name.
TVLINE | This is the obvious question, the easy question, but I thought you now had a quick answer. How is do not Bosch Season 8?
You know, it really is, after all. But from one point of view, this is not the case. Harry is not a cop. He doesn’t associate with Edgar. The accent is a little more myopic than in the previous show. But it’s still the Bosch universe, and we push Maddie and Chandler against Harry’s side
TVLINE | I have to imagine that, starting from Bosch for Bosch: legacy there was probably an exit ramp for you, in case you were thinking, “You know what? I’m fine.” What makes you want to continue playing this character? Are you like, “I to have this guy” ?
Yeah. The nice consistency of this character is that he’s the same guy I jumped into almost ten years ago. I mean, he changes with the seasons, but he still has a great moral compass. It’s very, very easy to continue playing a character that has that.
TVLINE | Speaking of evolution, who is better acclimating to their new reality – private detective Harry or LAPD rookie Maddie?
You know, I think they’re both deeply lost. I mean, Harry’s not attached. He’s truly a Ronin, a master samurai, and as he watches his daughter progress through the world of police work, he doesn’t want to give unsolicited advice. He’s sort of waiting for his signal. Maddie has enough common sense to know she needs to be careful, so we get to watch them do this kind of weird “dance” with the way they communicate.
TVLINE | The work of the police served to really annoys Harry. Is he breathing easier these days? Has her blood pressure gone down a bit, do you think?
No, I don’t think so at all. He’s in a bit of a bored state, and it’s not like his desk is full of investigative files. He’s kind of inactive, and at the same time, Maddie doing her thing, so we find her in a kind of “airport circle”, for lack of a better analogy.
TVLINE | And what keeps Honey Chandler in her orbit in the new series?
Well, they’re old friends, and they’ve come to a place of mutual understanding and respect. Harry is very, very aware that she has been through this huge trauma [of being shot by a gunman hired by Carl Rogers]. He watches her deeply frail, fractured, and broken, so there is genuine concern for her, and he doesn’t know how he can help her. So when she comes up to him and says, “I wanna bring you like my guy [investigator]he said, “Look, I’d do anything for you, but don’t ask me that.”
TVLINE | I love that the Carl Rogers case is unfinished, and you’re gonna keep pulling on that thread from the previous show.
They must. It’s not enviable, because Harry wants to have this guy locked up, but at the same time, he doesn’t want to cross [Chandler’s] world. He is deeply conflicted and he will work it out eventually.
TVLINE | Did I spot a stealth redesign of Carl Rogers (previously played by winning timeit’s Max E. Williams)…? Is it Mark Derwin now?
Yeah yeah. I think there was some sort of availability issue or whatever, but it was a great choice, and it smashes this. He’s great as Rogers. [Fun fact: One Life to Live alum Derwin in Bosch Season 1 played Captain Harvey Pounds.]
TVLINE | On the way in Bosch: legacywill we get occasional updates on Jerry or Billets, one of the old gangs?
Yes, 100%. I can’t talk about it, but I’ll tell you, yes.
TVLINE | Talk a bit about Stephen Chang (Artificial) character and his role in Harry’s New World.
Well, the character of Mo, beautifully played by Chang, is a bit like Harry’s Q. And if you know the Bond movies, Q is a guy who always has the gadgets and the answers for Bond. The difference is that Bond always seems to immediately adapt to whatever Q gives him, whereas Harry, you know, is a dinosaur. He’s miffed, and a little irritated and confused, but Mo still pushes him through. This is an excellent foil for Harry. And at the end of the day, they share this incredible encyclopedic knowledge and this passion for jazz, which pushes them towards a beautiful assimilation in this relationship.
TVLINE | So I watch the first episode and boomthere is William Devane (24). And Kate Burton (Scandal) also appears. Will guest stars continue to appear like this?
Yeah, they will. And as for Devane, rolling thunder is one of my favorite movies of all time, to say the least, so I’m a lifelong fan and admirer of it. It was truly a dream come true to sit across from Bill. And Kate and I have worked together before.
TVLINE | Netflix has a new Lincoln Lawyer series [starring Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Mickey Haller] and the book they’re doing, “The Brass Verdict,” was very Harry Bosch. Has there ever been any awareness, if possible, of your appearance on this show?
Well, we can’t, because of the [bifurcated] rights. Lincoln Lawyer is on Netflix and Bosch is at Amazon, so they can’t cross-pollinate. But it’s something we’ve all struggled with, and it goes both ways. We had to do the same on Bosch with the [Mickey] Haller character.
TVLINE | Finally: can you say Freevee without smiling?
It’s much simpler than saying IMDb TV! I love Freevee, it’s awesome. You know, [Michael Connelly] and me, when we first [learned Bosch: Legacy would be on IMDb TV], I said, “I can’t say that three times fast. It’s worse than “she sells shells by the sea”. No, Freevee is easy. Also I think the whole app of the fact that if you have Amazon Prime you can access Freevee is awesome because I actually watch a ton of [shows] on IMDb TV, and I’m not even bothered by the ads. I really don’t mind, because, look, I’m 60. I grew up watching network television. So the ads, they don’t bother me at all.
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