In a world filled with TV reboots and spin-offs, we’re not sure we need another one. Recently, however, ABC announced the return of a show millions of fans have been waiting to see again. We’re glad to have the excellent NYPD Blue back on our screens soon.
NYPD Blue: One Of The Most Loved And Watched Cop Dramas In History
NYPD Blue is one of the most beloved cop dramas of all time. Nominated for 84 Emmy Awards, the show won Outstanding Drama Series in 1995 and earned a Golden Globe in 1994 for Best Drama Series. With over 250 episodes produced over a twelve-year run, it is no surprise producers and creators were thinking of bringing it back. Over 16 million people watched the series’ finale in 2005, watching Andy Sipowicz become the leader of the 15th squad. Now his son will follow in his footsteps.
The only show that passed the cop-drama series as the longest-running drama on ABC is Grey’s Anatomy. When NYPD Blue first aired, up until its very end, it was praised both by critiques and audiences for how realistically the show portrays the lives of police officers.
Following In Detective Sipowicz’s Footsteps
ABC confirmed earlier this month that they ordered a pilot to bring back NYPD Blue. The iconic police drama, which aired from 1993 until 2005 for 12 seasons, is getting a revival. But this time, there’s a twist.
The series will revolve around the son of the iconic character Detective Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz), Theo Sipowicz. Young Sipowicz follows in the footsteps of his father, working to become a detective. While working in the 15th squad, just like Sipowicz Sr., he must investigate his father’s murder. We told you there was a twist! For those of you who don’t remember Theo, let’s recap. Sylvia (Sharon Lawrence), Andy’s love interest, gave birth to Theo before dying in season six of the show. At the end of season 12, Theo is just six-years-old, but now he’s all grown up.
Keeping It In The NYPD Blue Family
In addition to the show, ABC is keeping the production team all in the family as well. Jesse Bocho, son of the creator of the original NYPD Blue Steven Bocho, will direct the pilot and executive produce. The late creator’s wife, Dayna, is also signed as a producer. This is an incredibly touching tribute to Steven, who passed away this past April after a long battle with cancer. According to Deadline, Bocho gave the revival his blessing on his deathbed.
The revival will also bring back some familiar faces. The two original writers of NYPD Blue, Matt Olmstead and Nick Wootton, will write the spin-off as well as executive produce. As for casting, it’s unknown yet what original cast members will return. Rumor has it that the script and plot will allow the original cast members to take part, which has fans excited. The show introduced us to legends like Gordon Clapp, Jimmy Smiths, David Caruso, and many more.
However, Franz, the star of the original show, told Deadline, “I did receive a call, and I’m flattered but not interested. 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.”