A revival of Nash Bridges is currently in the early stages of development for the USA Network, and Don Johnson is on board to reprise his role as the San Francisco Police Department captain. It's not yet clear if Cheech Marin or any other of Johnson's co-stars will also be appearing, but series creator Carlton Cuse is reportedly not involved.
The planned revival will be a collaboration between IP owner Village Roadshow and the USA Network, which is owned by NBCUniversal. Johnson and Bill Chais (The Practice) are co-creating the special, with Johnson, Chais, and Marc Rosen (Sense8) executive producing. At this point, the plan is for the revival to be a two-hour special, but Village Roadshow is hoping its potential success will bring about a series order for more new episodes.
With Don Johnson once again playing Nash Bridges, the TV special will see the character still heading San Francisco's Special Investigations Unit in the year 2020. This time, he'll be "confronting a changing city, a new boss and a world in which police work focuses on modern data-crunching and predictive policing." It's also noted that while the world around him has very much changed, Nash very much hasn't, teasing Johnson will be the same Nash Bridges we know and love from the original show's run.
Nash Bridges first debuted on the CBS network in 1996. Don Johnson starred as San Francisco Police Department inspector Nash Bridges, who convinces retired inspector Joe Dominguez (Cheech Marin) to come out of retirement to be his partner. Together, the two would cruise the streets of San Francisco in a yellow convertible to take on crime. The cast also featured names like James Gammon, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Jeff Perry, and Annette O'Toole as series regulars, with guest stars including the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, Caroline Lagerfelt, Daniel Roebuck, and Angela Dohrmann.
Ultimately, Nash Bridges would run for six seasons on CBS, ending its run in 2001. The series had a solid fan base and viewership was high, but the production costs were reportedly too high for Paramount, the studio producing the show. While the network wanted to bring back the series for a seventh season, Paramount preferred to see it come to an end. This, coupled with reports of Johnson's desire to leave the series, officially brought about its cancelation. Following the end of the series, creator Carlton Cuse went on to become the showrunner of shows like Lost and Bates Motel, while Johnson has since appeared in a plethora of movies and TV shows. He can next be seen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson's mystery movie Knives Out, which hits theaters on Nov. 27.
We're in an era of reboots and revivals on both the big and small screens, so I can't say it's shocking to see Nash Bridges as the next series to come back. In any case, it will be nice to see Johnson back in the role after so many years, and I'm curious to see how the story will play out in the present day. This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.