'NYPD Blue' Reboot is in the Works

'NYPD Blue' Reboot is in the Works

Back in the 90s, NYPD Blue broke new ground mostly by bringing profanity and nudity to network TV. With those things being provided in abundance by cable and streaming TV, it's unclear what the hook for a revival of the series would be, but ABC is forging ahead with the revival anyway. Read on for details.

Via People.

NYPD Blue might soon be back on the beat.

In the latest example of reboot mania, ABC has given a pilot production commitment to a sequel to the Emmy-winning cop drama, the network confirmed Wednesday. This version would center on the son of Detective Sipowicz (Dennis Franz), who is toiling in the 15th squad and trying to earn his detective shield while investigating the murder of his father.

Fans should not expect to see the return of Sipowicz Sr., though. Franz, who won three Emmys in the role, essentially retired from Hollywood years ago. “I did receive a call, and I’m flattered but not interested,” he told Deadline Hollywood in a statement. “NYPD Blue was a high point in my life and career, and I think of it so fondly. I wish them all well and much success.”

The reboot would be overseen by former NYPD Blue executive producers Matt Olmstead (Chicago Fire), Nick Wootton (Scorpion), and Jesse Bochco (Murder in the First), who is the son of the late NYPD Blue co-creator Steven Bochco. Jesse Bochco, who directed episodes of NYPD Blue, will direct the pilot, which is being written by Olmstead and Wootton.

NYPD Blue ran for 12 seasons on ABC, from 1993 to 2005, winning the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy in 1995.

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