NBC green lights Ironside reboot starring Blair Underwood

Blair Underwood

NBC is planning to bring back Detective Ironside with a reboot of the iconic 1967 TV drama Ironside. According to Deadline, the green light has been given for NBC to produce a pilot starring Blair Underwood (The Art of Getting By).

The new series will center on a tough, sexy police detective (Underwood) relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting who is hardly limited by his disability as he pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases in the city. Mike Caleo (Rescue Me) will write and executive produce the new drama.

The original Ironside series proved very popular, running on NBC from 1967 to 1975, and starred Raymond Burr (Perry Mason) as the iconic wheelchair bound detective, taking down the bad guys in the streets of San Francisco. The orginal show was also well known for its catchy opening sequence theme music by legendary music producer Quincy Jones.

Blair Underwood, who rose to fame in legal drama L.A. Law, recently starred in A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway, along with the goverment conspiracy drama The Event.