ABC Commits to Pilot Production for “NYPD Blue” Reboot

According to Deadline, a beloved ABC crime procedural could be making its way back to the network. ABC has reportedly given a pilot production commitment to NYPD Blue that will focus on the son of Detective Andy Sipowicz.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Steven Bochco

What’s happening:

  • ABC is reportedly committed to producing a pilot for a reboot of NYPD Blue.
  • This new pilot will focus on Theo, the son of Detective Andy Sipowicz from the show’s original series.
  • The pilot, a co-production between 20th Century Fox TV, which was behind the original series, and ABC Studios.
  •  Casting has already begun for the four main roles of NYPD cops, led by Theo.
  • The reboot hails from NYPD Blue alums Matt Olmstead, Nick Wootton and Jesse Bochco.

About the reboot:

  • Those wondering about the return of Andy Sipowitz will be disappointed to learn that his character in the reboot is dead.
  • NYPD Blue will follow Theo, as he tries to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating his father’s murder.
  • Theo seems to have taken after his father as he too is a hard-drinking, hard-headed and quick-witted cop.
  • Deadline points out having, “a link to the original series versus a straight-out reboot with an all-new group of cops, the new NYPD Blue creates opportunities for characters from the Emmy-winning drama to pop in.”
  • The script was written by Olmstead and Wootton.
  • Jesse Bochco, son of the original series co-creator Steven Bochco, is set to direct.

What they’re saying:

  • ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey to Deadline: “I don’t necessarily want to dive into rebooting for the sake of rebooting. I’m certainly open to a reboot if something comes to me with the right creative or a spin on the creative that makes sense.”
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