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The Mysteries of Laura TV Show

19 November 2015

The Mysteries of Laura is a New York-based police procedural comedy-drama television series developed by Jeff Rake.

The series follows the life of Laura Diamond, a homicide detective with the New York Police Department, who balances her day job with her off-duty hours as a single mother to twin sons. Meanwhile she is trying to get Captain Jake Broderick, her soon-to-be-former-husband who is also her boss, to sign the divorce papers. At the end of the first season, Broderick was shot and grievously wounded during a convenience store robbery. He recovered, but at the beginning of the second season, the precinct has a new captain, Santiani, a stern, by-the-book taskmaster. Behind her back, Laura and the others deliberately mispronounce her name as ‘Santini’, an apparent reference to Robert Duvall's similar character in The Great Santini. Rather than transfer to another precinct, Broderick voluntarily takes a demotion to detective and partners with Laura, while Soto teams up with Bose, with whom he has begun a relationship. Her previous partner, Frankie Pulaski, was written out of the show after season one, presumably for budgetary reasons. The tone of the series was also altered, focusing on Laura's and Jake's sleuthing at the expense of the other characters and cutting back on the comedic elements, such as the rowdy behaviour of her kids and the playful banter among the cops.

Debra Messing stars as Detective Laura Diamond, with Josh Lucas as Captain Jake Broderick, Laura's former husband and her new boss. Laz Alonso plays Detective Billy Soto, and Laura's partner. Janina Gavankar is Detective Meredith Bose, whilst Max Jenkins is Max Carnegie, the precinct's intern. And finally, Meg Steedle plays Detective Francesca "Frankie" Pulaski.

The show is primarily filmed in New York City with the early episodes featuring the Brooklyn Bridge Park, the newly renovated Meatpacking District, Times Square and the West Village.

Janina Gavankar

Janina Zione Gavankar was born November 29, 1980 is an American actress known for her role as the voice of FERO; one of main protagonists in the Halo 5: Guardians promotional event - Hunt The Truth. Gavankar is also trained as a pianist, vocalist, and orchestral percussionist. She majored in Theatre Performance at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her roles include Papi, a lesbian lothario in The L Word, Leigh Turner, a cop with a big secret on The Gates, Ms. Dewey, the personification of a Microsoft branded search engine who comments about the user's searches, Shiva, the namesake of the sought after trophy on The League, shapeshifter Luna Garza on HBO's True Blood, McKenna Hall on The CW's Arrow, and currently as Meredith Bose on NBC's The Mysteries of Laura.

Gavankar was the first actor to use Twitter, signing up on Richard Branson's computer on Necker Island in 2006. She was the personification of Microsoft's interactive search engine Ms. Dewey, and in 2011 she created a free template for actors and artists to help them control their online presence and in 2012, spoke at the Suits and Spooks Conference about how she discovered a solution for data challenges faced by actors through the use of open source tools.


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