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After two broadcast pilot seasons in which he fielded multiple offers, Tony Danza is officially making his TV return.
Based on Israeli format of the same name, the 10-episode hourlong series stars Danza as Tony Sr., a disgraced, former NYPD officer who never followed the rules. He lives with his son, Tony Jr. (uncast), an earnest, obsessively honest NYPD detective who makes a point of always following the rules. The “odd couple” become unofficial partners as Tony Sr. offers his overly cautious son blunt, street-wise advice on everything from handling suspects to handling women. Danza, who lives in New York, also has a personal connection to the NYPD as a member of the board of directors for the NYPD Police Athletic League. He also is an active champion of their Teen Acting Program.
Monk creator Andy Breckman will serve as showrunner on the series and exec produce alongside Randy Zisk, with whom he worked on the former USA Network drama. Zisk will also direct the premiere. Yes, the Israeli company who produced the format, will serve in the same capacity.
“We’re excited to bring viewers the return of Tony Danza, one of television’s most beloved icons,” said Cindy Holland, vp original content at Netflix. “The Good Cop is a funny, charming procedural series that we think our members will love.”
The Good Cop marks Danza’s return to television. The actor fielded multiple pilot offers this past season and last year signed on to star in Greg Garcia comedy pilot Sebastian, which did not move forward. His credits include his breakout role in Taxi as well as Who’s the Boss. The actor more recently starred on the short-lived NBC sitcom The Tony Danza Show in 1998. Danza, who recently starred in the Broadway adaptation of Honeymoon in Vegas, is repped by CAA and manager Dan Farah.
“Many cop shows feature dark and provocative material: psycho-sexual killers, twisted, grim, flawed detectives,” Breckman said. “Many address the most controversial issues of the day. I watch a lot of them. God bless ’em all. But the show I want to produce is playful, family friendly and a celebration of old-fashioned puzzle-solving.”
The Good Cop is Breckman’s first scripted television series since Monk wrapped its eight-season run in 2009. Star Tony Shalhoub earned three lead actor in a comedy Emmys for his role as a former homicide detective with OCD.
CAA represented the format from Yes. Breckman is repped y CAA and attorneys Cliff Gilbert-Lurie and Eric Sherman; Zisk is with CAA, Rain Management and attorney Jared Levine.
The Good Cop joins a roster of originals at Netflix that includes Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Ranch, Dear White People, Grace and Frankie, Friends From College, GLOW and more.
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