Today, Netflix announced that Tony Danza is set to return to series television in The Good Cop, a new 10-episode, one-hour dramedy series.
In The Good Cop, Danza plays Tony Sr., a disgraced, former NYPD officer who never followed the rules. He lives with his son, Tony Jr., an earnest, obsessively honest NYPD detective who makes a point of always following the rules. This “odd couple” become unofficial partners as Tony Sr. offers his overly cautious son blunt, street-wise advice on everything from handling suspects to handling women.
The creator of Monk, Andy Breckman, will serve as showrunner and executive producer along with Randy Zisk (Bones, Monk) and Howard Klein (The Office, The Mindy Project) also serving as executive producers. Danza, who is a member of the board of directors for the NYPD Police Athletic League, is also reported to serve as a producer on the project.
In a statement, Breckman (who will direct the first episode of the series) had the following to say:
“Many cop shows feature dark and provocative material: psycho-sexual killers, twisted, grim, flawed detectives. Many address the most controversial issues of the day. I watch a lot of them. God bless ’em all. But the show I want to produce is playful, family-friendly, and a celebration of old-fashioned puzzle-solving.”
Netflix also showed its excitement for the show and Danza’s return. Cindy Holland, the Vice President of Original Content for the streaming provider, said the following:
“We’re excited to bring viewers the return of Tony Danza, one of television’s most beloved icons. The Good Cop is a funny, charming procedural series that we think our members will love.”
Tony Danza became a household name in 1978 when he starred in the classic sitcom Taxi, which ran until 1983. Danza then achieved global success on the show, Who’s the Boss, which ran from 1984-1992.
Most recently Danza has taken his talents to Broadway, where he starred in the acclaimed musical comedy, Honeymoon in Vegas. He has also starred in The Producers, A View from the Bridge, The Iceman Cometh, opposite Kevin Spacey, and films such as, Don Jon, Angels in the Outfield, She’s Out of Control, and Hollywood Knights.
If you didn’t see, take a look at a CarterMatt feature earlier this year regarding how a Monk revival could work. (Photo: Netflix.)
This story was written by Samantha D’Amico. If you want to follow her on Twitter, you can do so at @SAM_iamXO.