October 26, 2020
New York Undercover is returning! Okay, we know you’ve heard the old buzz about the 1990s cop drama’s return to TV, but this time it may actually happen. According to Deadline, NBCUniversal is in negotiations to revamp the series on its streaming platform Peacock.
The series that starred New York detective partners J.C. Williams (Malik Yoba) and Eddie Torres (Michael DeLorenzo) initially planned to make a comeback on ABC in 2019. Original characters, Det. J.C. Williams (Malik Yoba) and Det. Nina Moreno (Luna Lauren Velez) were planning to return, along with a new character played by legendary hip-hop artist MC Lyte.
Per Entertainment Weekly, the synopsis for the 2019 version was: “It’s still Hip-Hop but New York has changed. Picking up 20 years after the end of the iconic series that changed the face ob TV cop dramas, New York Undercover will follow detectives Nat Gilmore and Melissa Ortiz as they investigate the city’s most dangerous criminals from Harlem to Battery Park.”
While ABC passed on picking up the show, New York Undercover is still a likely contender, among other nostalgic TV shows, to make a comeback elsewhere on the small screen.
The groundbreaking-drama that aired for four seasons from 1994 to 1999 on FOX, became the first cop drama on TV to feature two people of color in leading roles, Yoba and DeLorenzo. In an interview with Essence, Yoba spoke on the possibility of returning to the role. “Listen, there’s a lot of stories to still tell,” Yoba told Essence. “And, New York Undercover is a dope part of my experience.”
The latest revamp would also pick up 20 years after the series ended. Deadline reports that Yoba and Velez will be reprising their old roles, while Velez’s character, Nina Moreno, will be returning as a retired detective that remains close to the detective’s unit. There’s no word on whether MC Lyte will be part of the latest cast, or if character Det. Torres (DeLorenzo) will make a comeback from the dead. If you remember, Torres was killed in the line of duty after his car was bombed in a revenge attack by bank robber Nadine Jordan.
Produced by Dick Wolf, Law & Order franchise creator and executive producer, and written by Ayanna Floyd Davis, former showrunner for The Chi, and co-executive producer on Empire, Hit the Floor, Falling Skies, and Hannibal, filming for the series reboot is scheduled to begin in New York in March 2021.
Tell us: Will you be tuning in to the new series?