61st Street has been picked up by CW after being dropped by AMC

Courtney B. Vance and Aunjanue Ellis (Credit: George Burns/AMC)

61st Street has found a new home.

In a surprising turn, CW has picked up the Chicago made two-season series from AMC who dropped the series after Season 1 aired.

The series was originally ordered by AMC as part of a two-season pickup. Seasons 1 and 2 were filmed simultaneously in Chicago in 2021. Season 1 aired in the spring of 2022, however, Season 2 was dropped from their slate as part of cost cutting measures announced by AMC in December 2022.

The first season is set to air this fall on The CW, with the not yet seen Season 2 set for 2024.

The dramatic thriller, with a total of 16 episodes, is a propulsive courtroom drama starring Courtney B Vance, that follows Moses Johnson (Tosin Cole), a promising, black high school athlete, who is swept up into the infamously corrupt Chicago criminal justice system.  

61rst Street AMC Cast Members

“There was a lot of love and hard work that went into making 61st Street,” Vance said. “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.”

CW Entertainment president Brad Schwartz said, “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. 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.”

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