Earlier this year it was a pretty big surprise when it was announced that ABC’s NYPD Blue reboot wasn’t going to happen. The original show ran for 12 seasons from 1993 – 2005, and was consistently one of the network’s biggest hits. With so many other shows getting reboots and revivals, it was pretty much a given that the reboot would move forward once it was announced. It didn’t happen though, and while it was originally thought it could re-appear on the midseason schedule, that didn’t end up happening either, and eventually the cast was released from their contracts.
The reboot was set to star newcomer Fabien Frankel, alongside original cast members Kim Delaney and Bill Brochtrup. The pilot was filmed, and focused on Theo, the son of Dennis Franz’s Detective Andy Sipowicz character from the original series. Theo was trying to earn his detective badge, while working at the same station as his father had. He was also investigating his father’s murder during his spare time.
While this particular version of the show may be dead in the water, word is getting around that the series may be still coming back, but in a different form. What that means of course is that the pilot that was made will never see the light of day, and that the writers are trying to come up with another way to reboot the once popular franchise.