My generation will no doubt remember that old Ironside TV show on NBC, back during the late 60’s to the mid-70’s or so. It was huge hit for the network. If you remember the show, I’ll bet you can remember how the show’s theme music started. I’ll also bet that it’s even been sampled by rappers.
Starring Raymond Burr, who already was a TV icon for playing lawyer Perry Mason for many years, on the hit CBS show, Ironisde was a detective series in which Burr played a tough big city cop who was shot and left paralyzed from the waist down, from an assassination attempt; and with a group of young able-bodied assistants, he solved tough crimes plaguing the city.
Now NBC has decided that what worked in the past can work again, and has cast Blair Underwood in a pilot reboot of Ironside for a potential series. It’ll be his first TV series gig since the failed sci-fi NBC show The Event.
Interestingly this kind of shows you how have things have changed..somewhat.
On the old show, there was a black character, played by Don Mitchell, whose basic job was to push Ironside around in his wheelchair. Now this time it’s the black guy who’s boss, who gets pushed around.
This is part of the development/talend holding agreement Underwood signed with NBC/Universal TV last year.