Demonstrating once again that network TV executives seem bereft of new ideas, ABC had apparently greenlighted a reboot (of sorts) of its 1990s/2000s hit NYPD Blue.
I say a reboot of sorts, because they’re not starting over in true reboot fashion, pretending that the original show never existed. Instead, they’re moving forward in time, picking up New York’s 15th precinct years after the end of the original show, with a new cast, but with connections to the old show.
Apparently, the central plot device at the start of the new show is that Andy Sipowicz, the central character of the original series, has been murdered, and his son Theo is a cop who is trying to get his detective’s shield so he can work on solving his father’s murder.
Pretty great, huh? How could this fail to produce an outstanding show? :rolleyes:
Let me get one thing out of the way: I’m a HUGE fan of NYPD Blue. I own all 12 seasons, and I’ve probably watched the whole thing three or four times, and some seasons and episodes far more than that. It was groundbreaking TV when it was introduced, and it remained outstanding for at least the first six years of its run, and very good for much of the rest, even if some of the character plotlines got a bit silly in the latter seasons.
I assume that it’s people like me that the folks at ABC are hoping to lure in with this new show. And you know what? I’m not even going to bother watching the first episode to see what it’s like. That’s partly because I’m not interested in rewarding this sort of lazy approach to content, but it’s mainly because I’m just not interested. I’ve moved on. The show ended, and it ended fine, with Sgt. Sipowicz sitting at the desk, ready to lead the detective squad that he had been a part of for so long.
Also, there IS no NYPD Blue without Andy Sipowicz. For much of its run, we WAS the show. Sure, David Caruso and Jimmy Smits got top billing in their roles as John Kelly and Bobby Simone, and Jimmy Smits was a true primetime leading man who did a great job. But it was Dennis Franz’s Sipowicz that really kept me coming back, with all of his prejudices and contradictions and complications and his working-class big-heartedness. They can call it NYPD Blue, but it can never be that without Sipowicz. I’m not saying they should have brought back Dennis Franz—by all accounts, he’s happily retired, and he’s 74 years old now—I’m saying they should just let it go.