The long gestation of Don Johnson Nash Bridges the renaissance is finally taking shape, with production slated to begin in May in San Francisco.
As previously reported, the project – which was originally set up at USA Network – will air as a two-hour film, but producers are hoping it will serve as a backdoor pilot for a full relaunch of the series. An NBC Universal rep declined to comment Nash 2.0, including if he’s still tied to USA Network (rather than being poached by reboot / revival-hungry streamer Peacock).
In addition to Johnson, who currently shares NBC’s freshman comedy Kenan, Cheech Marin (Inspector Joe Dominguez) and Jeff Perry (Inspector Harvey Leek) are also expected to reprise their roles from the original series. The trio will be surrounded by at least half a dozen new characters, per sources.
Wednesday The Ellen DeGeneres ShowJohnson confirmed he was in “intensive preparation” for the new iteration, adding, “We reunite with Nash a few years later. And Cheech will come back and join me and Jeff Perry. We have a pretty exciting show we’re preparing in San Francisco right now. “
The original Nash Bridges was created by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and ran for six seasons – a total of 122 episodes – on CBS, between March 1996 and May 2001. Cuse, who currently has a deal with ABC Studios, is not involved in the revival, which is being directed by Johnson and Bill Cellars (Franklin and Bash).
On the original series, Johnson’s Bridges was an inspector (and later captain) with the Special Investigations Unit of the San Francisco Police Department. Other cast members throughout his run included James Gammon (as Nick Bridges), Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (as Cassidy Bridges), Jaime P. Gomez (as Evan Cortez), Annette O’Toole (as Lisa Bridges) ), Serena Scott Thomas (Kelly Bridges), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (as AJ Shimamura), Mary Mara (as Bryn Carson), Kelly Hu (as Michelle Chan), Yasmine Bleeth (as Catlin Cross), Wendy Moniz (as Rachel McCabe) ) and Cress Williams (as Antwon Babcock).