Whoa, finally a nostalgic revival that I can get behind is happening.
Word came out yesterday that Nash Bridges is being revived by USA Network and Village Roadshow for a two-hour TV special. The hope here is that the revival will lead to series return of some kind. While Nash originally aired on CBS, it found continued success in syndication on USA.
And it wouldn’t be Nash Bridges without Nash Bridges himself, so yes Don Johnson is returning to the titular role.
If you aren’t familiar with the show, Nash Bridges ran from 1996 until 2001. The police action-drama with a healthy dose of comedy can currently be streamed on CBS All Access if you’re a subscriber. The TV channel H&I also shows 10 hours of Nash Bridges every Monday.
It’s been 18 years since the show went off the air. The revival is set to catch up with Nash in 2020, and yes he still heads up San Francisco’s Special Investigation Unit. It looks likely that we won’t see the special until next year.
The plot will deal with Nash having to cope with changes. He has a new boss, the city has changed, and the modern police world is data-crunching and “predictive policing.”
Series creator Carlton Cuse is not attached to the special, at least not at this time. Don Johnson and Bill Chais are co-creating the special and will each serve as executive producers alongside Marc Rosen.
In the original, Nash Bridges headed up the SIU and had a team that included his partner Joe Dominguez (Cheech Marin), Harvey Leek (Jeff Perry), and Nash’s daughter Cassidy played by Jodi Lyn O’Keefe. There’s no word yet on any of these characters/actors returning for the special though if you’re a Bridges fan you certainly hope they will.
James Gammon played Nash’s father Nick on the original series. He passed away in 2010 at the age of 70.
The soon to be 70-year-old Don Johnson will have a starring role in HBO’s Watchmen series, which is set to premiere sometime this year.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Patriot’s Position: I watch Nash all the time thanks to H&I and DVR’ing it on Mondays. It was and still is a great show, and one I’d rank as the best cop show ever. I’m stoked for this special, even though I’m sure the politics of today will find a way to ruin it. Hopefully not.
Now let’s get Xena and Stargate SG-1 back. And I mean real Xena with Lucy Lawless, don’t care how the ending has to be undone.