Originally, creator Craig Wright's pitch was for a show about “a story about police and the death of a young Black boy." He says "four or five" full episodes of the OWN drama had been written. But after Floyd was killed, “it was just like a car drove into a snowbank, ‘Is this really what we’re going to do? Do we really need to keep steeping ourselves in this — victimizing, in a voyeuristic way, the Black male body in order to make stories and also keep on showing the same old boring white tropes?'” Wright recalls thinking. In the end, the answer was no, and they restructured much of the plan for the show.