Amanda Warren has been tapped as the lead in CBS’ police drama pilot East New York.
Co-written by William Finkelstein and Mike Flynn, East New York centers on Regina Haywood (Warren), is the newly promoted deputy inspector of East New York, an impoverished, working-class neighborhood at the eastern edge of Brooklyn. She leads a diverse group of officers and detectives, some of whom are reluctant to deploy her creative methods of serving and protecting during the midst of social upheaval and the early seeds of gentrification.
Warren’s character Regina Haywood is described as a serious street cop turned deputy inspector. She is sharply dressed and serious about her job, her father and her dog are the only two souls with whom she can be fully vulnerable.
The project was given a pilot order last month. No other cast members have been announced.
The pilot’s executive producers are Finkelstein, Flynn, Mike Robin from Skyemac Productions, Christine Holder and Mark Holder from Wonder Street. Andrew Maher from Skyemac is a co-executive producer. Warner Bros. Television is the studio.
East New York marks Warren’s CBS return. Prior to this project she did major arcs on Madam Secretary and NCIS: New Orleans. She also starred in the USA series The Purge and appeared in Apple TV+’s Dickinson, HBO’s The Leftovers and Nat Geo’s Genius: Aretha.
Up next Warren will be seen in the upcoming Amazon feature “The Burial” alongside Jamie Foxx and Tommy Lee Jones. She also is starring in The Woman King opposite Viola Davis.