ABC’s “NYPD Blue” sequel series will not air this fall, but remains under consideration for midseason, TheWrap has learned.
The police drama was one of the buzziest pilots at the network this season, but it will have to undergo some reshoots and retooling before ABC makes a final verdict later this year.
Written and executive produced by original series writers Matt Olmstead and Nick Wootton, the new drama centers on Andy Sipowicz’s (Dennis Franz in the original 1993 series) son Theo (Fabien Frankel) as he tries to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating his father’s murder.
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Alona Tal co-stars alongside original cast members Kim Delaney and Bill Brochtrup. Jesse Bochco, son of “NYPD Blue” co-creator Steven Bochco, who died in April after a long battle with leukemia, is director and executive producer. Dayna Bochco, Steven’s widow, is a producer on the ABC Studios and 20th Century Fox TV pilot.
The decision means that neither of the network’s potential cop drama reboots will move forward at ABC this fall. A follow-up to Dick Wolf’s “New York Undercover” was passed on by the network earlier in the day. However, the studio behind that project, Universal Television, said it planned to shop the show to other networks.
Deadline first reported the news.