Courtney B. Vance Legal Drama ’61st Street’ Picked Up by The CW After AMC Cancellation

61st Street (Credit: AMC)

Legal thriller 61st Street starring Courtney B. Vance has been picked up by The CW, four months after AMC canceled the series.

The announcement came Friday, with The CW saying season 2 will debut in 2024.

61st Street is a gripping, star-studded premium drama led by a powerhouse performance from Courtney B. Vance and featuring an incredibly talented ensemble cast and creatively brilliant team of producers,” Brad Schwartz, president of entertainment at The CW, said in a news release.

“We are proud The CW is now the broadcast home of 61st Street and cannot 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 gets swept up in the corrupt Chicago criminal justice system. Vance portrays attorney Franklin Roberts.

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

“There was a lot of love and hard work that went into making 61st Street,” Vance said in a statement. “I’m thrilled that The CW has enthusiastically given all 16 episodes of 61st Street a network home. With The CW, I’m confident that we will engage a universe of viewers who will celebrate the series 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 reports.

The decision to cancel the series was said to be part of continuing cost-cutting measures at the network. Other shows affected by the cuts included the psychological thriller Invitation to a Bonfire starring Tatiana Maslany, the comedic sci-fi series Demascus; and the sci-fi mystery Moonhaven.

61st Street is a production of AMC Studios. The series was created by Criminal Justice writer Peter Moffat, who executive produces alongside Michael B. Jordan and J. David Shanks.

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