ABC commits to a pilot production of NYPD Blue.
A reboot of the iconic show, NYPD Blue has been greenlit by ABC, and a pilot episode is about to begin production. The popular show aired on ABC created by Steve Bochco and David Milch ran for 12 seasons and 261 episodes from 1993-2005. Due to the successful run of the original series, Matt Olmstead and Nick Wootton (the writers of the original series) will return for the sequel as both writers and Executive producers accompanied by their son, Jesse who initially had worked as a producer and director on the original series. Jesse is set to direct the pilot of the new ABC reboot of the series.
The story follows Andy Sipowicz’s (Dennis Franz) and Sylvia Costans’s (Sharon Lawrence) son, Theo, born near the end of season 3. Theo, now all grown up, tries to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while trying to solve the case of his recently murdered father. Theo’s Mother had been tragically shot and killed at the end of season 6 asking her husband to take care of their son.
ABC Studios (the original series producer) will be co-producing the project) in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Matt Olmstead (Chicago PD), represented by WME and Bloom Hergott, exited his initial Universal TV deal to sign on to ABC studios. He worked with Dick Wolf, last year before joining ABC. NYPD Blue is his first major project under his new stable. WME and Hirsch Wallerstein represent Nick Wootton.
During its time, the show was nominated for 84 Emmy Awards and won the best drama series trophy in 1995. In 1994, the show earned a Golden Globe in the same category. Dennis Franz, the shows leading man also won multiple Emmys for best actor in a drama series for his role as Andy Sipowicz.
Should the project go forward after the pilot, it would mark the latest revival of a ‘retro’ series to make it to air on a broadcast network. Just in the last year The Conner’s (Rosanne), Murphy Brown, The X-Files, Prison Break, and 24 have also been brought back to life.