NBC Plans to Reboot The Wiseguy

Posted by at 12:47 pm on October 27, 2011

Per Deadline, NBC is attempting a remake of the 1980s cop procedural Wiseguy, one of the first crime dramas to accentuate storytelling through the use of arcs—you know.

In the original CBS Show, Ken Wahl starred as a cop who went to prison to make contacts with the criminal underworld.

It will be written by Alex Cary (Homeland). The project, from 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Chernin Entertainment, has received a script commitment with penalty.

Wiseguy will center on a disgraced former cop who, while serving time in prison, cuts a deal to work undercover for time off his sentence. The show begins as he’s being released — now he’ll put the connections he made behind bars to good use in the field as he helps the police take down a criminal organization. Cary, who is under an overall deal at 20th TV, will executive produce with Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope.

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