‘NYPD Blue’ reboot: The shocking reason Dennis Franz won’t be back

Let’s hope that ABC has more luck with the reboot of “NYPD Blue” than it did with “Roseanne.” The alphabet net has commissioned a pilot of the police drama that ran for 12 seasons beginning in 1993. This revival of the 1995 Emmy winner for Best Drama Series boasts strong ties to the original.

Jesse Bochco, the son of the late Steven Bochco who created this Emmy darling, is set to direct; he helmed 10 episodes of the original series. And the script is by Matt Olmstead and Nick Wootton, who both started in the “NYPD Blue” writers room before ending up as executive producers in the last years of the show.

But don’t look for Dennis Franz to return to his Emmy-winning role as Detective Andy Sipowicz. The new show will center on Andy’s son, Theo, who is a cop working the biggest case of his career: solving the murder of his father. Theo was born in the spring of 1996 towards the end of season 3. His mother was Sylvia Coster (Sharon Lawrence), a DA who sparred with Andy about his policing methods. Love bloomed but she was killed off at the end of season 6. Her dying words to a bereft Andy were, “Take care of the baby.”

Franz won the second of his four Emmys as Best Drama Actor for his performance that season as well as the second of his two individual SAG Awards. He reaped eight Emmy bids and a whopping 14 SAG nominations (split between solo and ensemble) over the course of the 12 seasons of the show. Since it went off the air in 2005, he has not acted on TV again. He and his one-time “NYPD Blue” co-star Jimmy Smits reunited to present Best Drama Series at the 2016 Emmys to “Game of Thrones.”

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