ABC announces additional casting of ‘NYPD Blue,' and two original stars are making a return
ABC has an NYPD Blue revival in the works, and with the addition of two original cast members, Kim Delaney, and Bill Brochtrup it's bound to add another perspective.
TVLine was the first to report that Kim will reprise her role as Diane Russell and Bill his as John Irvin in the pilot of the show.
The pilot centers around the son of Detective Sipowicz, who works in the 15th squad. While investigating the murder of his father he tries to earn his detective shield. Dennis Franz, who portrayed Detective Sipowicz will not be in the revival and said:
“I did receive a call, and I’m flattered but not interested. NYPD Blue was a high point in my life and career, and I think of it so fondly. I wish them all well and much success.”
Jesse Bochco, son of the late NYPD Blue co-creator Steven Bochco, directed episodes of NYPD Blue and will also direct the new pilot.
Former NYPD Blue executive producers Nick Wootton (Scorpion), Jesse Bochco (Murder in the First), and Matt Olmstead (Chicago Fire), is set to produce the pilot, while a possible launch will be considered around fall.
Apart from Kim and Bill, other members of the original cast included David Caruso, Gordon Clapp, Jimmy Smits, James McDaniel, Garcelle Beauvais, Sharon Lawrence, Nicholas Turturro, and Rich Schroeder. The hit show aired on ABC from 1993 until 2005.
Bill Brochtrup joined the show for all but one season, and a regular on the final six seasons as John, an openly-gay PAA at the 15th precinct. Since the show’s end, Bill had appeared on series like ‘Major Crimes’ and ‘Shameless.’
Making her appearance in the second season as Detective Russell, Kim Delaney appeared on a recurring basis until she became a regular in Season 3. She appeared in 5 more seasons after that during which she won the 1997 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
She returned for the 10th and 11th seasons of NYPD Blue, and went on to star in Lifetime’s ‘Army Wives,’ as well as appearances on ‘Murder in the First,’ ‘The O.C.,’ and recently, ‘Chicago Fire.’
Die-hard fans of the show may remember that Sgt. Martens, portrayed by Scott Allan, only received a first name in the final and 12th season of the show. For those who wondered, it's Jerry.
And I think NYPD Blue started us rooting for a complex anti-hero with Andy Sipowitz, a violent, alcoholic racist. pic.twitter.com/P1RObYaThl— Daniel Coo (@danielcoo) January 11, 2019
The 15th Precincts station exterior may look familiar to some, as it was also used as the face that represented the station house on Kojak. In reality, it's located on E 5th St. and is home to the NYPD 9th Precinct.
In October, one of the original cast members, Garcelle Beauvais posted rare images with her ex-husband Mike Nilon, while they celebrated the 11th birthday of their twin sons Jax Joseph and Jaid Thomas.
The couple had a messy divorce that followed his infidelity in 2011 but put their issues aside, for the day was all about their children.
Garcelle and Mike looked relaxed and happy, and it's good to see matters have improved over the years.