Tuesday, February 05, 2013

NBC Rolls With "Ironside"

NBC has ordered a TV pilot based on the 1967 Universal Television police drama series "Ironside", reportedly with some new, high-tech improvements.

The original TV series starred actor Raymond Burr as San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) Chief of Detectives 'Robert T. Ironside', a veteran of more than twenty years of police service. who is forced to retire from the department after a sniper's bullet confines him to a wheelchair.

Michael Caleo ("Sopranos") wrote the script for the reboot, that could possibly see Ironside rigged with a high-tech arsenal of concealed weaponry built into his chair (?!) Executive producers are David Semel and Teri Weinberg.

Hopefully producers will cast an actor that looks like Raymond Burr, with the same strategy director JJ Abrams used when casting the new 'Kirk' and 'Spock' for his "Star Trek" reboot, choosing younger-looking versions of original "Star Trek" actors William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Ironside"...