By Nellie Andreeva
Three decades after “Remington Steele” launched the career of Pierce Brosnan, the romantic comedy/drama procedural is getting a next-generation reboot, this time as a half-hour comedy.
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NBC, which aired the original hourlong series for five seasons between 1982-1987, has nabbed the sequel project from 20th Century Fox TV, which owns rights to the show via News Corp’s acquisition of “Remington Steele” producer MTM.
Titled “Remington Steele,” the reboot follows Olivia Holt, the daughter of Remington Steele and Laura Holt, as she reopens the once-world-famous Remington Steele Detective Agency — only to fall into the same hilarious, action-packed, romantic entanglements of her parents.
Jay Scherick and David Ronn are writing the script and Ruben Fleischer is set to direct the project, which has a script commitment plus penalty. The three are executive-producing.
In the original series, Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist), a licensed private detective, recruits a con man (Brosnan) to pose as fictitious male superior Remington Steele at her detective agency.
While sparks between the two were flying from the first episode, Holt and Steele did not get together until the series finale.
The dramedy, which co-starred Doris Roberts, helped establish shows with strong, independent women at the center and is credited as being a precursor to the similarly themed “Moonlighting.”