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East New York: release date, cast, trailer and everything we know about the crime drama

Jimmy Smits as Chief John Suarez and Amanda Warren as Regina Haywood walking the streets in East New York season 1
Jimmy Smits and Amanda Warren, East New York (Image credit: Scott McDermott/CBS)

The TV world and the streaming universe are never short on crime dramas. However, with the arrival of East New York, would-be viewers are treated with a unique glimpse into what it means for a police department to enact community policing in today’s current climate. Leading the way for this new crop of New York officers is Deputy Inspector Regina Haywood played by Amanda Warren. 

While Deputy Inspector Regina Haywood has the best intentions of paving the way for new policing tactics in the neighborhood that raised her, she quickly finds out that some officers in her squad are not as willing to change and some people in the community are not as willing to trust her motives. Naturally, that means she’ll have some tough times ahead. 

Here’s everything we know about East New York.  

When is the East New York season 1 release date? 

East New York season 1 premieres on Sunday, October 2, at 9:30 pm ET/PT on CBS. The series settles into its normal time slot at 10 pm ET/PT on October 9. Paramount Plus subscribers and subscribers to the CBS app also have the opportunity to live stream episodes as they air. Additionally, all Paramount Plus account holders can watch episodes the next day on demand. 

Check out the following promo clip for the pilot episode. 

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What is East New York about? 

CBS describes the plot of East New York as the following: 

"Amanda Warren stars as Deputy Inspector Regina Haywood, the newly promoted boss of the 74th Precinct in East New York – a working-class neighborhood on the edge of Brooklyn in the midst of social upheaval and the early seeds of gentrification. With family ties to the area, Haywood is determined to deploy creative methods to protect her beloved community with the help of her officers and detectives. But first, she has the daunting task of getting them on board, as some are skeptical of her promotion, and others resist the changes she is desperate to make. 

"Her team includes her mentor, shrewd veteran two-star Chief John Suarez; Marvin Sandeford, a highly respected training officer and expert on the neighborhood; Tommy Killian, a detective with some old-school approaches to policing; Capt. Stan Yenko, Haywood’s gregarious and efficient right hand; Crystal Morales, an intuitive detective who can’t be intimidated; Andre Bentley, a trainee from an upper-middle-class background; and ambitious patrol officer Brandy Quinlan, the sole volunteer to live in a local housing project as part of Haywood’s plan to bridge the gap between police and community. Regina Haywood has a vision: she and the squad of the 74th Precinct will not only serve their community – they’ll also become part of it.” 

East New York season 1 cast

Jimmy Smits as Chief John Suarez in uniform in East New York

Jimmy Smits as Chief John Suarez in uniform in East New York (Image credit: Peter Kramer/CBS)

What makes the East New York casting so remarkable is that the series marks the return of Jimmy Smits in a genre he does so well: crime dramas. Over the years, one of Smits' most popular roles was Detective Bobby Simone in the hit show NYPD Blues. It’s evident his character really resonated with viewers, as he played the officer for 10 years. Almost three decades since he debuted as Detective Simone, he now graces television screens as Chief John Suarez in the new series. 

Below you’ll find all the series regulars and the roles they play. 

  • Amanda Warren (NCIS: New Orleans) as Deputy Inspector Regina Haywood  
  • Jimmy Smits (Obi-Wan Kenobi) as Chief John Suarez  
  • Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Billions) as Officer Marvin Sandeford  
  • Kevin Rankin (Claws) as Detective Tommy Killian   
  • Richard Kind (The Goldbergs) as Captain Stan Yenko  
  • Elizabeth Rodriguez (Orange Is the New Black)  as Detective Crystal Morales  
  • Olivia Luccardi (The Thing About Pam) as Officer Brandy Quinlan  
  • Lavel Schley (Grown-ish) as Officer Andre Bentley 

East New York season 1 trailer

On September 16, CBS was kind enough to release an official trailer for the inaugural first season of the series. Take a look. 

How to watch East New York season 1

East New York airs live on CBS. For those without traditional cable/satellite television, the CBS network is also available to watch on several live TV streaming services, including FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV. Paramount Plus Premium subscribers and subscribers to the CBS app also have the opportunity to watch episodes live as they air. 

Episodes of East New York also become available to stream on-demand via the CBS app and Paramount Plus the day after they air. 

To date, there is still no official word as to when the series will be making its UK debut. Once we receive more information, we’ll pass it along.

Terrell Smith has a diverse writing background having penned material for a wide array of clients including the federal government and Bravo television personalities.  When he’s not writing as Terrell, he’s writing under his pseudonym Tavion Scott, creating scripts for his audio drama podcasts. Terrell is a huge fan of great storytelling when it comes to television and film. Some of his favorite shows include The CrownWandaVision, Abbot Elementary and Godfather of HarlemAnd a fun fact is he's completely dialed into the TLC 90 Day Fiancé universe.