'Ironside' Cast and Creators Talk Reimagining of New Series
'Ironside' Cast and Creators Talk Reimagining of New Series
Michelle Carlbert
Michelle Carlbert
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
NBC is bringing back the 60's/70's hit Ironside this fall with a whole new series. The cast and creators came to the Television Critics Association Press Day to discuss how the show will differ from the original and what viewers can expect from a detective confined to a wheelchair. 



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NBC is bringing back the 60's/70's hit Ironside this fall with a whole new series. The cast and creators came to the Television Critics Association Press Day to discuss how the show will differ from the original and what viewers can expect from a detective confined to a wheelchair. 

Who was on the panel:

Blair Underwood (Robert Ironside) 
Brent Sexton (Gary Stanton) 
Pablo Schreiber (Virgil) 
Neal Bledsoe (Teddy) 
Kenneth Choi (Captain Ed Rollins) 
Spencer Grammer (Holly) 
John Davis (Executive Producer) 
John Fox (Executive Producer) 
Ken Sanzel (Executive Producer) 
Teri Weinberg (Executive Producer) 
Ron West (Executive Producer)

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Highlights from the Panel:

Though the show is taking place in present time, Sanzel said that some of the imagery may invoke that 1970's feel of those old cop shows. 

Underwood worked with and continues to work with a technical adviser who is a paraplegic. His coach had him get in the chair and go to different locations, such as restaurants, to get a feel of what he could do by himself. When Underwood noticed that there were no handles on his coach's chair he asked why and was told, "Whatever I can do myself I want to do myself." After that, Underwood said the first thing they did was cut off the handles on Ironside's wheelchair. 

One of the big thematic lines the show will explore in the first season is fact that, post-shooting, Ironside has evolved into a stronger man than he was before. Some of the weaknesses he had before have gone away. The show will also explore the boundaries he has and how he gets over them. 

The show is a complete reimagining of the original. The only things they took from the original Ironside were his name, the fact that he's a detective and that he's in wheelchair. 

The series won't focus on crime so much as how those crimes will affect the perps, the victims and the cops. 

They were unable to cast a disabled actor for the lead role as the series was always meant to show Ironside in present day, as well as before the shooting. So they required an actor who could do both sides of the story. 

"It is a crime drama wrapped in a character story." - Underwood.

"There is no downside to being a regular on this show. I love this show with all my heart." Schreiber on whether being a regular on this series would prevent him from doing work on so many other TV shows. 

While Underwood went back to watch the original, Schreiber made sure not to watch it at all as he knew the new series would be completely different. 

Check out the Ironside trailer below. 


More from TCA: 

Do you plan to watch Ironside when it debuts on NBC this fall?

(Image courtesy of NBC)


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