Forget the Hollywood hype. Ignore the sunny façade. Step onto the real streets of Los Angeles with the cops and paramedics who roam them. Emmy-winning writer Graham Yost ( From The Earth to The Moon, Band of Brothers) creates a life-and-death beat filled with characters as diverse and thrilling as the City of Angels. In addition to a philandering District Attorney and his lover, an ambitious local reporter, are L.A.'s unsung heroes: Detectives Fearless (Mykelti Williamson, Ali) and Joel (Donnie Wahlberg, Band of Brothers), cops Turcotte (Jason Gedrick, Murder One) and Hechler (Gary Basaraba, Brooklyn South) and medic Theresa. The action (and there's plenty) unravels backwards and forwards, "Pulp Fiction" style, with each new time frame offering a fresh perspective on both sides of the law and unique insight into what makes these people — and this city — tick.
From Emmy nominated executive producer/writer Graham Yost (“Speed,Band of Brothers) and executive producer/director Jon Avnet (“Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Uprising”) comes this stylish ensemble drama that tells the street-level story of the City of Angels with a unique twist -- as seen from the diverse perspectives of the city’s unsung and imperfect heroes. These are the cops, paramedics, beat reporters, members of the D.A.’s office and city officials whose stories overlap and intertwine, creating the experience that is Boomtown.
In a style that can be described as “Rashomon” meets “Pulp Fiction,” the series employs a multiple perspective narrative technique, letting the story unravel as it is experienced from the individual perspectives of the characters -- all of whom have different sensibilities and agendas.
“Sometimes the best way to tell the whole story about something is not to try to tell the whole story, but to tell all the little stories and let the viewers put it together themselves,” says series creator Yost of the storytelling style of “Boomtown.”
“Boomtown” features Donnie Wahlberg (“Band of Brothers”) as Joel Stevens, an emotionally drained, dedicated detective; Mykelti Williamson (“Forrest Gump”) as “Fearless” Bobby Smith, Stevens’ easy-going, daredevil partner; Neal McDonough (“Minority Report”) as David McNorris, a politically savvy and ambitious Deputy D.A.; Gary Basaraba (“Brooklyn South”) as Ray Hechler, a veteran patrol officer, and Jason Gedrick (“The Last Don”), as Tom Turcotte, a beat cop struggling to prove himself.
Nina Garbiras (“The $treet”) stars as Andrea Little, a tough metro reporter whose private life is less than perfect and Lana Parrilla (“Spin City”) as Teresa Ortiz, a compassionate paramedic who has already seen too much suffering.
“Boomtown” is from NBC Studios and DreamWorks Television. Graham Yost and Jon Avnet are executive producers; Yost is the writer and Avnet is the director.