With NBCUniversal looking to strengthen their library of exclusive content for the new streaming service Peacock, a reboot of Dick Wolf's New York Undercover is now in development. While a deal hasn't yet been finalized, word is that the reboot is "expected" to be given a series commitment. The project is being developed by Wolf, Universal Television, and Ayanna Floyd Davis, who served as the showrunner for The Chi. For the new New York Undercover, Floyd will also serve as showrunner, executive producing alongside Wolf, Peter Jankowksi, and Arthur Forney of Wolf Entertainment.
Written by Floyd Davis, the New York Undercover reboot is described as a "re-examination of the original, reflecting the current times." It will be set 20 years after the original series concluded and appears to be set in the same universe. This would open the door for some of the original cast members to potentially return for special appearances, if not lead or recurring roles. Because the project is still in its very early stages of planning, however, no actors have yet been attached to the cast.
Fans wanting to see this come to fruition may want to keep their fingers crossed, as this isn't the first attempt to reboot New York Undercover. Another updated take on the series was put into development by Wolf and Uni TV to be broadcast during the 2018-19 season on ABC. Written by Ben Watkins, the show would have brought back Malik Yoba to reprise his role as J.C. Williams alongside Lauren Velez as Nina Moreno. For better or for worse, the network opted not to pick up the series, but Wolf and company still haven't given up on trying to revive the classic cop drama.
The original New York Undercover aired on Fox for four seasons between 1994 and 1999. It starred Malik Yoba as J.C. Williams and Michael DeLorenzo as Eddie Torres, a pair of detectives working undercover to investigate the city's crimes and gang-related activity. Also featured on the series were Patti D'Arbanville-Quinn as Lt. Virginia Cooper and Lauren Velez as Detective Nina Moreno. As a Dick Wolf series, the show is set in the same fictional universe as the Law & Order franchise along with Chicago and Homicide: Life on the Street.
It doesn't come as a shock to see Peacock as a likely home for the new New York Undercover. NBCUniversal has been turning to rebooting other established titles to create new shows, including a reboot series of Saved By the Bell that's set to premiere next month. Other reboots on popular titles like Battlestar Galactica and Punky Brewster are also in the works, and hit NBC shows like The Office are also ripe to be rebooted.
Wolf's universe of cop dramas will also widen further when Christopher Meloni returns to the role of Elliot Stabler for the new spinoff series Law & Order: Organized Crime. After it was delayed from its original premiere set for the fall, the series has been delayed to 2021. The news about the New York Undercover reboot was first reported by Deadline.