Don Johnson’s long-running Nash Bridges revival is finally coming to fruition. Production is slated to begin in San Francisco in May.
As previously reported, the project, which was originally set up at USA Network, will be broadcast as a two-hour film. However, producers are confident that it will serve as a backdoor pilot for a relaunch of the entire series. A rep for NBC Universal declined to comment on Nash 2.0, including whether it is still intended for USA Network (as opposed to being wooed by NBCU’s reboot / revival-hungry streamer Peacock).
In addition to Johnson, who is currently starring in NBC’s newcomer comedy Kenan, Cheech Marin (Inspector Joe Dominguez) and Jeff Perry (Inspector Harvey Leek) will repeat their roles from the original series. The trio will be surrounded by at least half a dozen new characters per source.
On Wednesday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show, Johnson confirmed he was “heavily prepared” for the new iteration, adding, “We’ll find Nash a few years later. And Cheech will be back and join me and Jeff Perry. We have a pretty exciting show we’re preparing in San Francisco right now. “
The original Nash Bridges were created by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and ran for six seasons between March 1996 and May 2001 – a total of 122 episodes – on CBS. Cuse, who currently has a contract with ABC Studios, is not involved in the revival led by Johnson and Bill Chais (Franklin & Bash).
In the original series, Johnson’s Bridges was an inspector (and later a captain) in the Special Investigations Unit of the San Francisco Police Department. Other cast members throughout the run included James Gammon (as Nick Bridges), Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (as Cassidy Bridges), Jaime P. Gomez (as Evan Cortez), Annette O’Toole (as Lisa Bridges) and Serena Scott Thomas ( Kelly Bridges), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (as AJ Shimamura), Mary Mara (as Bryn Carson), Kelly Hu (as Michelle Chan), Yasmine Bleeth (as Catlin Cross), Wendy Moniz (as Rachel McCabe) and Cress Williams (as Antwon Babcock).