'Bosch is back': Tampa author Michael Connelly announces premiere date for TV series' second season
Bestselling author and Tampa resident Michael Connelly says he’s getting comfortable in another medium.
His acclaimed series of novels about Harry Bosch, a Los Angeles police detective, became a television series last year on Amazon, with Connelly as a hands-on executive producer. It was announced Monday that the second season of Bosch will drop on March 11, with all episodes available for streaming on Amazon Prime
“The first year was a learning process. I was pretty much an observer,” Connelly says by phone from Los Angeles, where he was at the Television Critics Association’s annual preview conference to make the announcement of the premier date.
“This year,” Connelly says, “I’ve been more out there, more vocal.”
Once again, Titus Welliver will star in Bosch as the title character, a tireless and talented homicide investigator who often runs afoul of authority. The show is shot on location in Los Angeles.
“The big challenge in Season 1 was that this is a very internal character,” Connelly, 59, says of Bosch. “How do we get him on screen when we can’t say what he’s thinking? That was the 500-pound weight on our shoulders.”
He says that Season 1 accomplished that. “So now in Season 2 there can be more diversity in the storytelling, more layers.”
One thing fans can expect is more development of LAPD Deputy Chief Irvin Irving, who is played by Lance Reddick. The plot lines for Season 2 are drawn from three of Connelly’s novels: Trunk Music is the principal source, with elements from The Drop and The Last Coyote. In The Drop, Connelly says, Irving’s son dies, “so that’s a platform for him to really develop.”
Along with returning cast members, the season will have new ones. “We’ll have a real femme fatale,” Connelly says, played by Jeri Ryan, best know for her role as sexy Borg drone Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager. “She’s kind of like what you don’t expect her to be.”
Some of Season 2 was filmed in Las Vegas, Connelly says, because Trunk Music has a storyline there. The Last Coyote, in which Bosch investigates his own mother's murder, has scenes set in Florida, but none of the TV show was shot here, the author says. "I think that would have strained the budget."
“We have a much better show this time,” Connelly says. “I was really happy and proud with Season 1, so I don’t want to say that like there was something wrong with it. But we really built on it.”
Connelly, who is also on the show’s writing team, has a break before work on Season 3 begins. “I need to write a book,” he notes.
His 29th novel, the 21st in the Bosch series, is under way, although it doesn’t have a title yet. But Connelly knows where it’s going. “It’s more of a traditional PI novel. I’m going back to my roots.” He was first inspired to write crime fiction, he has said, when he encountered the classic detective novels of Raymond Chandler while he was a student at the University of Florida.
In Connelly's last novel, The Crossing, Bosch had retired from the LAPD and went against his own moral code to investigate a case for his half-brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller (main character in another Connelly series).
In the new novel, Bosch will be an independent private investigator. “When he said to Haller, ‘One and done,’ he meant it,” Connelly says. “I meant it.”