NBC Remake Will Reopen The Rockford Files
Ben Silverman has left NBC, but the network's desire to remake old shows is still going strong. NBC announced its decision to remake the 1970s gumshoe classic The Rockford Files, and they've lined up David Shore, creator of the medical drama House, to do the script. Jim Rockford (played by James Garner) was a well-developed, deeply-flawed ex-con who lived in a mobile home in Malibu. Lucky for viewers, Shore has some experience with character flaws.
In addition to House, Shore has worked on NBC's Law & Order. Both dramas excel at developing flawed characters -- like Dr. House and Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy -- which should give Rockford fans a boost of confidence. "What makes 'Rockford' timeless is that he's vulnerable, he's flawed. He's used to hustling and getting hustled," Shore told Variety. Shore attributes his desire to become a TV writer to Rockford's exceptional script. And better yet, Shore doesn't have his heart set on revisiting finished shows, which makes his passion for this project obvious. "I had no interest in adapting any old stuff, but this was the one exception," he said.
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