Blair Underwood back on TV starring in Ironside
BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) - Blair Underwood is returning to series television in a remake of Ironside, which shares few similarities with the original series that starred Raymond Burr.
The character's name and job as a detective are the same, and he uses a wheelchair after being paralysed from the waist down.
In a nod to Burr, Underwood's character ends the day by sipping a glass of bourbon. "Everything else is re-imagined. All new characters, a new city, new texture, new storytelling, new audience," Underwood told the Television Critics Association on Saturday. "It's a crime drama wrapped in a character study."
The original series, set in San Francisco, ran on NBC from 1967-75. The reboot is based in New York City and filmed in Los Angeles. NBC has ordered 13 episodes of the show that debuts Oct 2. Underwood said he got used to the wheelchair by using one at home while learning his lines. The role is especially meaningful to him because his mother, Marilyn, is in a wheelchair as the result of multiple sclerosis.