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Blair Underwood walks on the 'Ironside'

NBC bringing back iconic detective series with new leading man

By Kenny Herzog Feb 5, 2013 10:29AM
In an age when most TV cops solve crimes with a quirky blend of humor and mild psychological disorder, it'll be nice for one lawman to invoke the days when small-screen 5.0 were simply tough as nails. Rather than manifest a new prototype from scratch, NBC has reached back into its late '60s/early '70s film canisters and rebooted a 20th century classic.
Several sources, including TV Line and Entertainment Weekly, have reported that the Peacock Network will be shooting a new "Ironside" pilot starring recent "Event" lead Blair Underwood as the titular, paralyzed detective.

Early NBC descriptions of the project have boasted that Ironside 2.0 will be “a tough, sexy but acerbic police detective." That profile differs just a tad from original star Raymond Burr's, which suggests more of a Lon Chaney Jr.-with-a-badge vibe.  

In any event, there's at least one "Sopranos" writer and an "Office" producer on board behind the scenes, so there's sure to be all manner of witty escapades creating a thorn in Underwood's prickly "Ironside."
Feb 6, 2013 10:36AM
Sad commentary................Such ignorance.

I see many people questioning why all the remakes.


Depending on who is answering the question there are either 1, 3,7, 20 or 36 basic "plots" and all books (novels-fiction), television shows and movies use one of them.


for reference please go to:


On that site the one plot is simply everything comes down to conflict.


The 3 plots are : happy ending, unhappy ending and literary (see website for details on that one).


The 7 plots listed on this site are:


1. man vs. nature

2. man vs. man

3. man vs. environment

4. man vs. machines/technology

5. man vs. supernatural vs. self vs. God/religion


I also have seen another list of 7 basic plots as being:


1.overcoming the monster

2.Rags to riches

3.The Quest

4.Voyage & Return





I will not use the space here to list the 20 or 36 plots lists.



Feb 6, 2013 10:22AM
Its not about the lead actor being black. There are many roles written for whites than black play and roles written for blacks that white play.  Its about them using an an actor with a large and varied fan base to bring in viewers and Blair Underwood has that. The majority of people who might watch this show will have never heard of Ironside or Raymond Burr. (I only vaguely rmemeber my mother watching reruns and seeing the title did not immediately bring that memory) So not living up to the original wont be a factor. Having the actor not be white wont be a factor.  I dont think the show will do well because it is among dozens of cop/detective shows already on the air. Unless they have excellent marketing and really compelling writing it could possibly fail for many reasons but Blair Underwood will not be one of them. and yes new , fresh ideas would be nice. The reboot/remake thing for both tv and movies is very old!
Feb 6, 2013 10:20AM
American shows are typically stolen from Britain and tweaked to fit, then years later they are rewrapped and introduced as "new".  Reality show, crime drama, situation comedy, western, hospital, rescue, or talent search.  Then rotate characters and use the same old story lines and shovel it at us again.  Nothing new and nothing original.
Feb 6, 2013 10:20AM
Will he be in a wheel chair? I always thought that was an important part of the show.
Feb 6, 2013 10:18AM
Do you even realize how stupid you sound.....

Feb 6, 2013 10:12AM
To all that have a problem with the Actor being black.   I would like to know why this is a problem.  Mr. Underwood is an excellent actor.  It does not matter if he is black or white as long as he can play the part and keep his viewers interested in the show.   In addition, for all you know, a WHITE man probably picked that BLACK man for the role.  
Feb 6, 2013 9:40AM
i have a problem with ironside being black why is everything have to have a leading black.what the matter they can't create their own show have to redo shows that whites thought up...sad that it the best hollywood can do !!!!
Feb 6, 2013 9:37AM

I can't wait to see this, I know he's no  raymomd burr,but what a great show.


Feb 6, 2013 9:34AM
ima have to wait and reserve judgement on this one. I love Perry Mason..
Feb 6, 2013 9:32AM
"90% of the shows on TV are re-boots."  

90%, eh? Care to run that list down?  There's a difference between having a similar plot line or genre and remaking an actual existing show. Just because something is a medical drama doesn't make it a "re-boot" of  "Ben Casey." I guess  in your world "Scandal" is a reboot of "The West Wing"?  They both take place in Washington, right? "Walking Dead"...let me guess - "Gilligan's Island"?

Feb 6, 2013 9:31AM

How many times have I heard people say and including myself about the "new" shows.  "They just don't make'um like they used to." I have heard that they are remaking "Big Valley".  Being female I fell in love with any male who had horse, saddle, and gun. I also remember not having a T.V.  and when I was young, not having to pay for T.V. viewing ,and depending on which way the wind, and storms were blowing how many/good stations you received.  Normally it was 1. And I remember, it sometimes took 2 or 3 to make adjustments to the antenna. 1 on the roof moving the antenna, 1 at the window yelling directions and one keeping an eye on the T.V. screen saying "better" " still snowy" " wait go back" "just a little more" "oops go back" and finally "thats good"


Feb 6, 2013 9:28AM
I don't mind a reboot of Ironside and have no problem with a black man in the role.  But would it really have been so hard to find an actual paralyzed actor to play the role?
Feb 6, 2013 9:26AM

Sounds more like "House P.D."


What made Ironside such a standout series was that it took place at a time when society put the disabled out to pasture. And here comes this brilliant,  very "able,"  tough cop - who happens to be in a wheelchair. it spoke as much to the plight of our returning Vietnam vets as it did wounded police officers.

Feb 6, 2013 9:26AM
Where's marshall Dillon when you need him?
Feb 6, 2013 9:25AM
They come out with decent shows like Last Resort, Alcatraz and others just to cancel they after one season to bring shows like this back from the dead.
Feb 6, 2013 9:23AM
Please make a reality show about rimming/tossing salad.
Feb 6, 2013 9:21AM
Why not hire an actor that IS in a wheel chair VS one that portrays one. Plenty of WWP (Wounded Warrior Project) volunteers if asked, I'm sure.
Feb 6, 2013 9:21AM
I'd watch anything with Blair Underwood.  I've been a fan since he was on One Life to Live.
Feb 6, 2013 9:14AM
If it's not a reboot - then it's just stolen from the BBC. We don't even try to be original anymore -
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