Tony Danza is making a comeback to series television. According to Deadline, Netflix has picked up a dramedy crime procedural series called The Good Cop. The hourlong series has been picked up for a 10-episode first season.
Danza is set to star as Tony Sr., a former NYPD officer that made a bad name for himself when he never followed the rules of the law. The former cop lives with his son, Tony Jr., a dedicated NYPD detective that does everything in the best interest of his job. The father-son duo become partners as Tony Sr. gives his son advice on everything from career choices to his romantic life.
The series was created by Monk‘s creator and executive producer Andy Breckman and the same show’s director and executive producer Randy Zisk. Breckman wrote the pilot and is also set to act as showrunner for the upcoming series. Zisk will direct the first episode. Filming for the Netflix original series will take place in New York City later this year.
Cindy Holland, VP Original Content for Netflix, said in a statement, “We’re excited to bring viewers the return of Tony Danza, one of television’s most beloved icons.” She continued, “The Good Cop is a funny, charming procedural series that we think our members will love.”
Breckman is familiar with comedic crime procedural content because of his work on Monk. Regarding the genre, he said, “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.”
Danza made a name for himself when he starred on sitcoms such as ABC’s Taxi and the same network’s Who’s the Boss? He also hosted the daytime variety talk show The Tony Danza Show, which aired from 2004 to 2006. In 2013 he starred on the A&E reality show Teach: Tony Danza, where viewers watched him become a tenth-grade English teacher. The actor recently appeared in the romantic comedy-drama film Don Jon, as well as on Comedy Central’s Broad City as the main character Abbi’s father.
Many believe that the actor is the perfect person to play the former New York based cop due to his involvement with the NYPD as a real life member of the board of directors for its Police Athletic League.