“Ironside” was once an iconic TV detective, a wheelchair bound warrior played by Raymond Burr. Now, it looks like Blair Underwood is ready to fill that rolling seat: NBC has ordered a new “Ironside” pilot starring Underwood in the title role.
“A tough, sexy but acerbic police detective relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting is hardly limited by his disability as he pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases in the city.”
Whatever changes the new show might make to the classic, at least Ironside himself will remain pretty much the same. No other casting for the pilot has been announced.
The original “Ironside” series aired on NBC from 1967 to 1975, and the network’s parent company still owns the rights. Considering that remakes and reboots are all the rage right now, this one may have been a no-brainer.
Underwood has been a television mainstay since his star-making stint as Jonathan Rollins on “L.A. Law” in the 1990s. In addition to several short-lived series (“The Event,” “Dirty Sexy Money”), the actor has had prominent recurring roles in “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Sex and the City.”