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Blair Underwood to Star in Reboot of ‘Ironside’ TV Series

Robert T. Ironside is mounting a comeback. NBC has given a pilot order for a reboot of the 1967 detective drama, Ironside, to star Blair Underwood. The new Ironside, written by Mike Caleo and produced by Universal TV, centers on an acerbic, sarcastic detective in a wheelchair who pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases in San Francisco.

The project originally had David Semel attached to direct. He is no longer directing — he just signed on to direct and executive produce CBS’ Intelligence. But he remains an executive producer alongside Caleo, Teri Weinberg of Yellow Brick Road, John Davis and Jon Fox.

NBC’s pickup hinged on Underwood playing the lead. The LA Law alum’s casting stems from a development and talent holding deal he signed with Universal TV in August.  The original Ironside series, from Universal TV, ran on NBC from 1967 to 1975, with Raymond Burr as the paralyzed chief of detectives.

Read more: BlackFilm

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