NBC, Universal Media Studios and Steve Carell's Carousel Television have tapped "House" creator-exec producer David Shore to shepherd a redo of the classic 1974-80 gumshoe drama that starred James Garner and put Stephen J. Cannell on the map as a writer-producer.
"The minute I heard this I said, 'Let's get it on for midseason' ... but we're going to take our time and get it right," said Angela Bromstad, prexy of primetime entertainment for NBC Entertainment and UMS. "We know that David has the right sensibility as a writer to take on this kind of big character."
As I operate in the hinterlands, nobody's going to ask me, but....
I'm against the idea of a remake, no matter how good the pedigree. If they wanted to go with a show similar in style, or at worst, about the son Jim Rockford never knew he had? Fine. I'm down with that. That second suggestion just screams "Toobworld!"
But there can be only one "Rockfish".
Having said that, if the show must be made, the perfect guy for the role is unfortunately already tied up in another series....... I always said that James Garner should have appeared on 'Bones' as Seely Booth's grandfather. (Grandfather and NOT father: According to the show, Booth had a good relationship with his grandfather, but not his father.)
I think David Boreanaz has the laid-back, sardonic wit and world-weary resignation to pull off the role.
But I'd only be really happy if he was playing Jim Rockford, Jr........