What’s old is new again in the television landscape. Proof of that lies no further than the CBS network, who are prepping an updated version of Hawaii Five-O to premiere later this fall. But further proof lies in another television drama remake scheduled for NBC this fall — and this one comes complete with a familiar face for Stargate fans.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news recently that Beau Bridges (“General Hank Landry”) has been tapped to co-star in an updated version of The Rockford Files. Bridges will play “Rocky,” the father of the main character, private detective Jim Rockford. The character is described in the report as a “truck driver for thirty years who always helps his son in a tough situation, though he tends to offer a commentary that Jim doesn’t always appreciate.”
The original Rockford Files also ran on NBC from 1974 to 1980, with actor James Garner as the lead. Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding) has been cast in the role for the remake.
The series also marks Bridges’ return to NBC, after having earned an Emmy nomination for his recurring turns as Earl’s father on My Name Is Earl.
(Thanks to Morjana for the tip)