Pilot News: NBC Orders Ironside Remake, Blair Underwood Nearing Deal to Star

Blair Underwood Ironside NBCNBC is giving Ironside a contemporary makeover.

The network has ordered a pilot based on the ’60s cop drama, with Blair Underwood is in advance talks to succeed Raymond Burr as the wheelchair-bound detective.

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Former Sopranos and Rescue Me scribe Michael Caleo penned the pilot script and serves as an exec producer alongside prolific TV director David Semel and Office EP Teri Weinberg.

The original Ironside debuted on NBC in 1967 and ran for eight years.

Underwood’s TV credits include L.A. Law, Dirty Sexy Money, The Event and In Treatment.

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12 Comments
  1. J says:

    In this day and age, it might do the producers well to visibly court actors with actual disabilities for this. Not that I don’t think Blair Underwood is talented, just…I don’t want to deal with another Artie-on-Glee-esque sh*tstorm.

  2. Shaun says:

    What the heck is an Ironside?And why should I care about another cop drama?

    • Joe says:

      Lol , the first show ended in 75 , I was ten , I don’t even really remember it

    • Vrinda says:

      Did you read the article? It said Ironside was a ’60s-based cop drama. You could easily do a search online and find out more, but since you don’t care, why are you even asking?

  3. tahina says:

    First, it’s NBC. Secondly, it’s NBC! DOA.

  4. george says:

    Instead of a crotchety old dude, let’s make him young & black. Why not ditch the wheelchair while you’re at it?

  5. Templar says:

    So the only things remotely resembling the old show are the name and the wheelchair?

  6. Lora C. Snook says:

    When Ironside was on originally you didn’t have ANYONE in a wheelchair, and he became disabled in the pilot. I don’t think the race or whatever matters, if I was casting I’d try to steal Peter Dinklage from Game of Thrones. But really why remake it again….FOX already did, very successfully.