NBC Working on Remake of Another Vintage TV Series

Dec 4, 2012  •  Post A Comment

NBC hasn’t given up on rebooting vintage TV shows. Even though it struck out spectacularly last time — with its attempt to bring “The Munsters” back to TV, as reported previously — the network is diving back into the reboot waters to try to bring back “Ironside,” Josef Adalian writes in New York Magazine.

The Raymond Burr cop show, a Universal Studios production, is being redeveloped in a modern setting. The original series, which ran on NBC from 1967-75, focused on a former San Francisco detective who went on fighting crime from a wheelchair after being paralyzed on the job.

“Michael Caleo, who wrote Luc Besson’s upcoming Tommy Lee Jones-Robert De Niro thriller ‘Malavita,’ is working on a script for the ‘Ironside’ reboot, with Dave Semel (‘Person of Interest’) attached to direct the pilot if it’s ordered to production,” Adalian writes. “We have no idea if producers plan to retain the very cool Quincy Jones theme song, but as in the original, Detective Ironside will once again be a sarcastic, sometimes-abrasive type who’s aided by a team of specialized experts that help him solve the toughest cases. We’re tempted to call this ‘House’ in a wheelchair, but ‘Ironside’ got there first — by about 40 years.”


  1. Point of order: Ironside was Chief of Detectives, which is different. This suggests they’re planning on “youthening” the character. What a surprise. Anybody want to bet that the wheelchair is rocket-powered?

  2. Once again, NBC shows the reason why it’s stuck at #4 and has to pretend it’s #1…
    As long as parent companies like Comcast continue to allow (and even reward) avoiding originality, we will be stuck with pathetic remakes and they’ll be stuck with pathetic ratings.

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