PASADENA, Calif. -- David Shore, the creator of the popular Fox series "House," is going back to the future for his next project.
Shore is developing a new version of "The Rockford Files," the detective series starring Jim Garner that ran on NBC from 1974 through 1980 and still is popular on the RTV Network. It also returned with a series of movies in the mid to late 1990s.
"Am I an idiot?" asked Shore at a Fox party here. "It was a great show and a great character. It can be a great show again I think. It was one of those shows I watched and loved and sort of influenced me. It was one of the first shows that combined the humor and the action. It is as simple as that."
He said he is very early in the development process for the series, which would air on NBC.
"I haven't even started writing," said Shore.
He said he was talking with another writer-producer about what he wanted to do next when the idea first came up.
"I said I really don't want to re-make something, I really didn't want to adapt something," said Shore. "And then I said, the one exception would be 'The Rockford Files.' And literally, the next day (someone from) NBC Universal asked me if I would be interested in doing 'The Rockford Files.' I can't say no. It really is that one show."
Asked how much would change, Shore said "not that much probably. Probably little things here and there. I don't think you need to change it for the sake of changing. It was a fundamentally sound show and it's just a matter of doing it my way and figuring out who the right new star is."
And just what kind of actor would he be looking for to play Rockford?
"Hugh Laurie, if I could get him off of 'House,'" cracked Shore. "He's got the humor, he can do the drama and he can take a punch."
Of course, Shore wasn't serious about taking Laurie off of "House" because there would be no show without him.
"Your speculation is about as good as mine at this point," said Shore about who could play Rockford.
What do you think about the idea of doing a new version of "Rockford"? Would you watch it? And who do you think should play Rockford?
-- Alan Pergament