Reboots are all the rage at CBS.
After the network announced last week they were bringing Murphy Brown back with original series star Candice Bergen, CBS has decided to green light the reboot of another iconic ’80s shows: Cagney & Lacey.
The original Cagney & Lacey series starred Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly, and ran from 1981-1988. It was created by Barbara Avedon and Barbara Corday. The new reboot for CBS will be written and executive produced by Bridget Carpenter, known for producing hits like Westworld, Parenthood and Friday Night Lights.
For you children out there who are too young to remember the original Cagney & Lacey, followed two female police detectives as they tried to keep the streets of New York clean from crime an violence. The reboot will move the action to L.A.
The police procedural was a hit with audiences and won two Emmys for Best Drama and a combined six Lead Actress Emmys—four for Daly and two for Gless. The series also had a large lesbian following, and was almost canceled after the first season because CBS executives perceived the two characters “as dykes.”
Cagney & Lacey was canceled in 1988, but the characters were reunited for four TV movies, the last airing in 1996.
Since Cagney & Lacey, Daly and Gless starred in various television and film projects. Daly was a regular on Judging Amy and appeared in 2016’s Looking: The Movie and last year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Gless should be familiar to queer audiences, not just for her role as Christine Cagney, but also as the wise-crackin’ Debbie, mom of Michael, for all five season of Queer As Folk on Showtime.
The Cagney & Lacey reboot is scheduled to premiere during the 2018-2019 season.