CBS Television Studios is in the works of producing a police drama with director-producer Larry Teng (Nancy Drew, Graceland) and writer Yalun Tu (The Expatriates, Sent), via Deadline. Entitled The Bay, the one-hour cop procedural will have two Chinese-American leads.
According to Deadline, the series set in San Francisco will follow two newly-partnered detectives seeking to bring balanced justice in their ever-changing community. As Chinese-American officers, they will face different cultural and societal barriers that come along with wearing the badge. The show will also infuse the current discussion on the methodology of law enforcement. Both Tu and Teng will serve as executive producers, with Tu writing the series.
For Teng, who is set to direct, The Bay is a personal passion project. According to Deadline, Teng grew up attempting to suppress his Chinese heritage. As a teen, he wanted to assimilate with American culture despite his father’s teaching of Chinese culture and history. It wasn’t until an encounter in 2013 that he began to embrace his cultural identity.
Teng was directing an episode of Hawaii Five-O, his first time ever in Hawaii, according to Deadline. An onset dresser repeatedly asked him if he needed anything. When Teng questioned her hospitality, the dresser expressed how important it was to see someone of Chinese descent in the director’s chair. “It gives us hope,” Teng said via Deadline. From that day on, Teng focused his work to always express his community’s culture and history.
The two have several projects in the works. In addition to his work on The CW’s Nancy Drew, Teng is set to work on the adaptation of Kate Milford’s (The Boneshaker) Greenglass House, according to Deadline. Teng will direct and produce the series centered on an adopted Chinese boy.
Tu wrote and co-produced the upcoming Amazon Prime series, The Expatriates, starring Nicole Kidman (The Undoing, Big Little Lies), according to Deadline.