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'The Rockford Files' Reboot on Hold (Again)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 13th 2011 8:30AM
Dermot MulroneyHot on the heels of news that Davd E. Kelley's reworking of 'Wonder Woman' has bitten the dust, we hear that the rebooted 'Rockford Files' has also been nixed. Again. At least for now.

According to deadline.com, NBC has closed the book on the series for the current development season after writer David Shore found himself committed full-time to his duties on 'House.' With Shore unable to focus on 'The Rockford Files,' the project has been shelved.

The veteran Fox medical drama had planned an ambitious multi-episode arc featuring Dr. House on the road. However, when that arc was scrapped in the advanced stages, Shore had to jump in and help re-break stories for a significant portion of the season, which also recently grew larger after Fox ordered an extra episode.

However, it may not quite be the death knell for 'The Rockford Files,' as it could be revisited next season if new NBC programming chief Bob Greenblatt is interested. But, given it's not the first time the reboot has been in jeopardy, this seems unlikely. We reported back in May how NBC execs had balked at the pilot episode starring Dermot Mulroney as Jim Rockford.

Sources said then that the network had declined to pick up the show because it was too much of a remake and not enough of a reworking. It was subsequently put in re-development, with Peter Berg at the helm.

In recent years networks in search of hits have revisited many classic shows, with varying degrees of success: For every 'Battlestar Galactica' there's a 'Bionic Woman.' But reinventing 'The Rockford Files' was never going to be easy. Starring James Garner as affable private eye Jim Rockford, the series aired on NBC from 1974 to 1980 and is still shown in syndication.

Garner is so closely identified with the role that it's hard to see who could successfully replace him. And for now, at least, it won't be Dermot Mulroney.

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harolddundee

Can`t Hollywood have an original idea anymore?

January 15 2011 at 9:07 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
riverside2137

josh duhamel would be a good choice for jim rockford

January 15 2011 at 7:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JACK

One of the best in the BIZZ

January 15 2011 at 7:47 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Marilyn

Yeah! Bring back Hart to Hart !!!!! Dermot Mulroney I agree is really HOT.
LOTS OF WOMEN LIKE HIM. HE WAS IN "MY BEST FRIENDS WEDDING" WITH JULIA
ROBERTS.....THEY WERE HOT TOGETHER.

January 15 2011 at 7:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
aaflyboy1

PLEASE PUT DEMORT MULRONEY IN ANY SHOW!!! HE IS EXTREMELY HOT!
HOW ABOUT McMillan and Wife. Which stared rock hudson and Susan St. James?
Its pretty tiresome watching all the same medical show and stupid CSI type shows!
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
BRING BACK HART TO HART!

January 15 2011 at 7:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
zwhisper2mez

I like the Rockfors Files.. But here is the thing.. I am young - witha mom who loved the show and watched it in reruns alot. These people dont realize that most people my age have no clue who jim roclkford is, let alone James Garner. So a new face will not kill the show. And Dermot Mulruney would be great!

January 15 2011 at 6:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gayle

I love Dermot Mulroney and can totally see him playing the part. Bring it on!!

January 15 2011 at 5:06 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
juniorsbox

Wasn't the Rockfor Files part of a package ? Alternating weeks with MacMillan & Wife and McCloud ?

January 15 2011 at 5:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jopeface

I would watch a new Rockford Files fairly critically, I imagine, because there are no replacements for Garner - or John Wayne - but the show may be extremely entertaining in its own right, just as I'm anxiously awaiting seeing the new True Grit, because Jeff Bridges is an amazing actor. It all depends on who they get and how it's written.

January 15 2011 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Adam

If Hawaii Five O can stay on the air, why not The Rockford Files? Bring back Barnaby Jones also.

January 15 2011 at 4:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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