Well, if you are one of those people who can’t stand remakes of classic TV shows, this story should make you happy. The proposed remake of The Rockford Files is dead — at least for the moment.
You may recall that a pilot script was written by House’s David Shore and was filmed for NBC last year starring Dermot Mulroney with Alan Tudyk, Beau Bridges, Alex Fernandez, and Melissa Sagemiller in supporting roles. The network wasn’t thrilled with the finished product and opted not to greenlight it to series. (Perhaps they still feeling singed by the failed attempts to resurrect Bionic Woman and Knight Rider?) NBC entertainment president Angela Bromstad maintained however that they wanted to give the project another try.
While that may happen one day, a Rockford Files remake won’t be on the Fall 2011 schedule. Shore instead has to focus his attention on FOX’s House. Reportedly, a multi-episode arc was being planned in which cranky Dr. House went on the road. After lots of planning, that storyline’s now been scrapped and Shore must help rework the story plans for much of the season. The network also recently ordered one more episode of House for this season.
The Rockford Files remake may not be completely dead however. If Bob Greenblatt, NBC’s new programming exec, wants to explore the idea next year, it could well be resurrected.
What do you think? Will this remake ever get made or should the idea just be dropped?