One of the more divisive pieces of news from the last year was the reboot of NYPD Blue: the beloved US police drama from the 1990s. Some were thrilled about it (we have to admit at being intrigued), but some were fearful – why try to reboot a classic?
Whatever your views, there’s more news today, which should help to placate those who are cautious: two original cast members have signed up to the new series.
Kim Delaney will reprise her Emmy-winning role as Det. Diane Russell from the original series, while Bill Brochtrup will reprise his role as PPA John Irvin.
Delaney joined NYPD Blue as a recurring in Season 2 and was a series regular in Seasons 3-8 before leaving to topline another series for NYPD Blue co-creator/executive producer Steven Bochco, Philly. She then returned as a recurring in the final two seasons, 11-12. Brochtrup recurred on- and off- during Seasons 2-4 before becoming a series regular in Season 5 for the rest of the show’s 12-season run.
Delaney, who earned three Emmy nominations and a win in 1997 for NYPD Blue,is said to be the only lead actor from the original whose character was written into the sequel pilot, from NYPD Blue alums Matt Olmstead, Nick Wootton and Jesse Bochco, where she is expected to play a key role.
More news as we get it…