NBC Picks Up ‘Ironside’ Reboot, Bill Lawrence’s ‘Undateable,’ ‘Chicago Fire’ Spinoff
‘Community‘ fans remain on pins and needles for news of a pickup today, but it seems NBC has yet to finish issuing series orders to new comedies and dramas. The latest to join NBC’s 2013-14 lineup are that of the ‘Ironside‘ reboot, featuring ‘The Event’ star Blair Underwood in the titular role, along with ‘Scrubs’ creator Bill Lawrence’s new comedy ‘Undateable’ and the expected ‘Chicago Fire’ spinoff. Read all about NBC’s new lineup inside!
TV news continues to arrive fast and loose in advance of next week’s Upfront presentations, and it seems NBC had more orders to give before deciding the fate of its remaining bubble series. The modern ‘Ironside’ reboot will officially roll forward, along with ‘Cougar Town’ creator Bill Lawrence’s ‘Undateable,’ which features now-deposed ‘Whitney‘ lead Chris D’Elia’ in a leading role.
From NBC’s official press release:
When confident slacker Danny Beeman (Chris D’Elia, “Whitney,” ”Glory Daze”) takes Justin (comedian Brent Morin) on as a roommate, Danny unwittingly inherits Justin’s group of romantically challenged friends. Seeing himself as the ultimate player, Danny decides to teach the crew (who he dubs “The Undateables”) everything he knows about “the game of love.” For their first lesson, Danny takes the guys to an event hosted by his sister, Leslie (Bianca Kajlich, “Rules of Engagement”), who is a single mom with dating difficulties of her own. At first, Danny’s advice seems to pay off big-time: The shy guy talks to a girl, the no-filter dude learns it’s never OK to ask a woman when she’s due, and his nebbish roommate, Justin, goes home with a mystery woman. It’s not until the next day that they figure out it was Leslie! Talk about a bunch who just can’t get lucky!
From the executive producers of “Cougar Town” comes a hilarious new comedy about the “do’s,” “don’ts” and “duhs” of dating. From Emmy-nominated executive producer Bill Lawrence (“Scrubs,” “Cougar Town”), Jeff Ingold and executive producer/writer Adam Sztykiel (“Due Date”) “Undateable” is a production of Warner Bros. Television and Doozer Productions. Scott Ellis (“Guys with Kids”) directs the pilot episode.
In the gritty world of the NYPD, no one’s tougher than Det. Robert Ironside (Blair Underwood, “The Event,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine”). He’s a fearless cop who won’t stop until the guilty are brought to justice. He and his trusted, handpicked team of specialists — Virgil (Pablo Schreiber, “The Wire” “Lights Out”), Holly (Spencer Grammer, “Greek,” “As the World Turns”) and Teddy (Neal Bledsoe, “Smash,” “Ugly Betty”), as well as his former partner Gary (Brent Sexton, “The Killing”) and boss Det. Ed Rollins (Kenneth Choi, “Sons of Anarchy”) — will do whatever it takes to solve New York’s most difficult and notorious crimes. As a detective, Ironside’s instincts are second to none, and those around him have to stay on their toes if they want to keep up… because when his spine was shattered by a bullet two years ago, Ironside swore he’d never let a wheelchair slow him down. Nothing gets in his way.
From executive producer-writer Michael Caleo (“Rescue Me,” “The Sopranos”) and executive producers Teri Weinberg (“Ugly Betty”), John Davis, John Fox, Ron West and David Semel (“Heroes”), “Ironside” is produced by Universal Television, Davis Entertainment, Yellow Brick Road Productions.
Also ordered to series is ‘Chicago Fire’ spinoff ‘Chicago PD,’ with a cast that includes Jason Beghe and Jon Seda reprising their roles as Sergeant Hank Voight and Detective Antonio Dawson, along with Clint Eastwood’s son Scott and ‘LOST‘ alum Tania Raymonde.
The announcements are still incoming, but what say you? Are you interested to see a reboot of ‘Ironside’ at NBC? Hit the comments with your thoughts!