Blair Underwood Is NBC’s New ‘Ironside’

The classic police detective drama starring Raymond Burr gets an unexpected pilot order from NBC.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Blair Underwood is coming back to NBC.

Numerous reports have emerged that Underwood will portray Robert T. Ironside in a modern reboot of “Ironside” which has already landed a pilot order at NBC.  Back in 1967, Raymond Burr originated the title role in “Ironside;” which followed a resilient police detective who continued to solve difficult crimes alongside his handpicked team even after a sniper’s bullet left him confined to a wheelchair.

The original “Ironside” ran for eight seasons on NBC and it was one of the longest running police dramas of its era. NBC’s greenlight for this project reportedly hinged upon Underwood taking the title role.

Underwood has a long history at NBC, dating back to a guest spot on “The Cosby Show” and a starring role in “L.A. Law” before his most recent stint at the network for “The Event.” Underwood has also appeared in “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “Dirty Sexy Money” and “In Treatment” as well as feature films including Just Cause, Deep Impact and Gattaca.

Mike Caleo is set to write and executive produce the new “Ironside” pilot alongside Teri Weinberg, John Davis and John Fox. A director for the pilot hasn’t been named, but “Ironside” is expected to be in serious contention for a Fall 2013 pickup.

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