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NYPD Blue sequel in the works

NYPD Blue

Story by Jack Foley

A SEQUEL to acclaimed TV cop series NYPD Blue is reportedly in the works.

ABC is set to bring back one of its most critically hailed drama series, albeit with a twist.

According to various sources, the return of the series will follow the son of Andy Sipowicz’s formerly central character, Theo, as he tries to earn his detective shield, work in the 15th squad and investigate his father’s murder. If true, that means there will be little room for Dennis Franz to return.

Matt Olmstead (of Chicago PD fame) will pen the script alongside Nick Wootton, both of whom worked on the original ABC drama. They will also serve as executive producers alongside the late Steven Bochco’s son, Jesse, and his wife, Dayna Bochco.

Jesse Bochco was a producer and director on the original series and is also on board to helm the potential pilot of the reboot.

NYPD Blue originally ran from 1993 to 2005. During its 12-season, 261-episode run, the show earned 84 Emmy nominations, taking home the best drama series trophy in 1995, a year after it earned the Golden Globe in the same category.

The series was created by Bochco and David Milch.

Franz starred as detective Andy Sipowicz for the show’s entire 12-season run alongside partners including Jimmy Smits and David Caruso.

The character of his son, Theo, was born to Andy and love interest Sylvia (played by star Sharon Lawrence) near the end of season three – although he only appeared in baby or child form throughout the series.