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TV series remakes aren't typically very successful, and NBC's planned redo of The Rockford Files is facing a really big critic in Tom Selleck. Meanwhile, NBC keeps forging ahead with casting the pilot.
The Rockford Files originally ran on NBC for six seasons back in the 1970s, until star James Garner was so physically exhausted that he had to leave the show. He starred as Jim Rockford, a private detective who didn't see himself as a hero, and seemed to be looking more for the money than the glory. His costars on the show are Noah Beery Jr. and Joe Santos, while Stuart Margolin, Gretchen Corbett, James Luisi, Tom Atkins, Bop Hopkins, Pat Finley, Isaac Hayes, and one Mr. Tom Selleck play recurring characters.
Beau Bridges and Alan Tudyk have signed on to star opposite Dermot Mulroney’s Jim Rockford in an update of the classic detective TV show The Rockford Files, which is being produced for NBC by Steve Carell and House creator David Shore.
Beau Bridges will play Rocky, the constantly exasperated, former truck-driving father of Mulroney’s Jim Rockford in the series. The character was originally played by Noah Beery in the original James Garner-starring series.
Meanwhile former Firefly star Alan Tudyk will portray Rockford’s old friend and Police Detective Dennis Becker in the new series. Becker is Rockford’s inside man on the Lapd and the detective gets into all sorts of trouble for begrudgingly helping out his old pal. The brilliant Joe Santos played the character in the original show.
While Bridges is a good addition to the show because of his homey charm (which is something »
- Niall Browne
The "Rockford Files" reboot has added another.
Bridges is Rocky, Rockford's dad and a truck driver who's pretty helpful, but tends to offer unsolicited advice.
Bridges has had a healthy film and TV career that includes "Norma Rae," "The Fabulous Baker Boys" and "Max Payne" on the big screen and the "Stargate" franchise, a guest run on "My Name Is Earl" and numerous telepics on the small screen.
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· Two weeks after casting Dermot Mulroney in the leading role of the Rockford Files reboot, NBC has enlisted Beau Bridges to play Jim Rockford's father and best friend, Rocky. A truck driver for the past 30 years, Rocky regularly helps his son out of investigative jams while providing unwelcome commentary. Noah Beery, Jr. originated the role of Rocky 35 years ago. Bridges' last NBC gig was on My Name Is Earl, where he played Earl's father. [THR]
Bridges will play his father and closest friend, Rocky, 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. Noah Beery, Jr. played the role on the original series.
"Rockford" marks Bridges return to NBC where he recently played the father of another title character on comedy series "My Name Is Earl."
On the show, he played Earl's (Jason Lee) dad Carl, earning an Emmy nomination for his recurring turn. »
- By Nellie Andreeva
Dermot Mulroney has joined NBC's "The Rockford Files." This marks the actor's first regular TV role. He'll play the iconic private eye in the updated take on the 1970s drama that starred James Garner in the title role. Also in the original cast were Noah Beery Jr. and Joe Santos. Stephen J. Cannell and Roy Huggins created the original series. The new Jim Rockford is described as "slightly crumpled, wry humored, cynical, world weary, compassionate when it's called for and easily irritated by morons." »
The Rockford Files ran for six seasons on NBC, from 1974 until 1980. James Garner stars as Jim Rockford, a private detective who's more interested in getting paid and staying out of trouble than being a hero. Of course, he usually ends up doing do the right thing. Costars include Noah Beery Jr. and Joe Santos. Recurring characters are played by Stuart Margolin, Gretchen Corbett, James Luisi, Tom Atkins, Bo Hopkins, Pat Finley, and Isaac Hayes.
The original series stopped in 1979 in part because Garner was physically exhausted from the grind of the show. That didn't stop him however from reprising the role in eight TV movies in the 1990s for CBS. »
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