FOX's new series Gang Related premieres on Thursday at 9pm. The cast and creators were on hand at this winter's Television Critics Association press conference to talk about the show. Here are some things we learned about the new series.
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Want to know more about Gang Related? Here is part of the official synopsis from FOX:
Detective Ryan Lopez (Ramon Rodriguez) is a rising star in Los Angeles' elite Gang Task Force. What the world doesn't know is that long before Ryan became a cop, he pledged allegiance to a different band of brothers - a powerful Latino gang called Los Angelicos. When Ryan's best friend and police partner is senselessly killed by a notorious gang member, Ryan teams up with longtime Task Force member Cassius Green (RZA), who has been at the forefront of the city's war on organized crime. In this war between law enforcement and gangs, the series explores how only people who really know the streets can win the battle on the streets.
The Idea of The Show Came From One Police Video
When asked about how he came up for the idea for the show, Morgan said he thought of it after watching footage of a police chase from a dash-cam video where one man with an assault rifle took out three police vehicles. Later it was discovered that the man had been using military tactics and that gangs were sending their people to the military to get trained and then return to the streets. "So I thought what if a gang member went into the police?" The rest, as they say, is history.
It Gets More Complex as the Season Goes On
According to stay Jay Hernandez (who plays Daniel on the show), the complexity of the story will continue to grow with each episode. His character in particular will find himself faced with challenges. Hernandez said, "He thought his plan was working, but it's not."
Expect a Lot of Diversity
Creator Chris Morgan and executive producer Scott Rosenbaum said they have a diverse group of writers working on the series. But the writers aren't just diverse in ethnicity. "We put together this unique and interesting writing staff as well," Rosenbaum said, adding, "We wanted the actors not to feel like they were being written by people who didn't have any sense of the world."
Expect a Lot of Different Languages
Rosenbaum told of a group of scenes they had written - one in Korean, one in Russian, one in Spanish and one in English. "They killed it," he said of his team.
Some of the Actors Can Personally Relate to Their Characters
Star Rey Gallegos said, "Just about every aspect of Carlos' life is something I witnessed. have a personal responsibility for the character and portraying it as realistically as possible."
Hernandez spoke of a similar connection to his character. "There are a lot of parallels between me and Daniel. Growing up in LA you get exposed to a lot of things," he said. Hernandez mentioned that he has had family members who have gone to prison and had to deal with making wrong decisions. "I used to try to avoid [these kinds of roles] as it perpetuated a stereotype, but I realized it was about family," Hernandez said, adding that he was trying to make the role honest, interesting and layered.
Everyone Has a Dark Secret
Morgan said the show will "get into cultures and locations that don't feature prominently on TV." Another thing that was important to him was that every character, whether cops of gang members, has a dark secret. "Everyone has something that will be revealed that is shocking," Morgan said, adding, "There will be repercussions."
It Bears Some Similarity to Game of Thrones
Asked to describe more about what the show will be like, Morgan said, "There's a very Game of Thrones element to our show. Instead of fiefdoms we have territories. They have their own kingdoms and their own rules."
Gang Related airs on Thursday nights at 9pm on FOX.
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