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NBC Orders Ironside Pilot Starring Blair Underwood

If Kojak can make its way toward the big screen, it’s only right that another police drama should find a new home on television.

The Live Feed reports that NBC has ordered a pilot for a remake of Ironside, the 1967-75 detective series that earned star Raymond Burr six Emmy Award nominations.

The new version stars Blair Underwood (L.A. Law, The Event) as “sexy but acerbic” police detective Robert T. Ironside, who’s confined to a wheelchair following a shooting. In the original series, Ironside was forced to retire as chief of detectives for the San Francisco Police Department, but secures himself a position as a “special department consultant.”

The one-hour drama from Universal TV is written and executive produced by Michael Caleo.


  • Bass Guitar Hero

    I guess I should have known a remake of Ironside was inevitable, but it’s interesting that they chose Underwood. I would have thought they’d go for someone older and weathered-looking…

  • Mr M

    Agreed 100%!

  • Orphan

    Don’t know Caleo,but I often wondered why Underwood hasn’t had a much higher profile over the years.Actually the franchise that’s been begging for a remake, perhaps with a black actor,and black cast that involved Burr is Perry Mason.What’s up with Earle Stanley Gardeners estate?