Learn Who Plays Dad Rocky In NBC’s ROCKFORD FILES Pilot!!
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Beau Bridges (“My Name Is Earl”), son of Lloyd and brother of Jeff, will play ex-con private investigator Jim Rockford’s trucker dad Joseph “Rocky” Rockford in the pilot for NBC’s “Rockford Files” remake. Rocky was played by Robert Donley in the 1974 “Rockford Files” pilot, and by Noah Beery Jr. in the resulting TV series.
The 2010 “Rockford” is overseen by “House” creator David Shore. Dermot Mulroney (“Zodiac,” “Burn After Reading”) will play the title character. Alan Tudyk (“Knocked Up,” “3:10 To Yuma”) will play Jim Rockford’s pal, LAPD sergeant Dennis Becker.
Still to be cast is Rockford’s weasely ne’er-do-well associate Angel Martin.
Find all of the Hollywood Reporter's story on the matter here.
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March 19, 2010, 1 a.m. CST
by Big Dumb Ape
...About a remake no one gives a shit about or wants. Yay, me!
March 19, 2010, 3:08 a.m. CST
Can't say I can complain about any of those choices, surprising though that you didn't give the Firefly shoutout for Tudyk.
March 19, 2010, 3:54 a.m. CST
March 19, 2010, 4:10 a.m. CST
Didn't he also script episodes of the original series?
March 19, 2010, 4:12 a.m. CST
While I think it'd be a nice touch to include James Garner, overall I think it'd be too much of a distraction to have him play the Noah Beery role.
March 19, 2010, 4:15 a.m. CST
by JT Kirk
Beau is a great actor, but the deck is stacked against him here. Shit, I'd rather see him as the main character than as the dad, I don't give a fuck about his age. But to see him play Rocky on this version of the show, it feels like a cheap grab for another "name" actor over substance. He'll end up used as a cheap cameo week in and week out, he'll go off to do other work and then just drop by once in a long while.
March 19, 2010, 4:27 a.m. CST
A few months back, I watched every episode of the series on Netflix instant and was thinking to myself, "I'm surprised that they haven't decided to remake The Rockford Files". I'm not kidding. Everybody loves a great detective show. Plus, people can relate to Rockford. Including the fact that he's broke and usually has bill collectors hounding him.
March 19, 2010, 4:27 a.m. CST
Outside of Dermot Mulroney, I can't say I'm that happy with the casting. Just sayin'.
March 19, 2010, 4:49 a.m. CST
Two Emmys for the role. He's still working so watch for a cameo (or even better a recurring guest slot).
March 19, 2010, 5:43 a.m. CST
by Carl's hat
hasn't been in the best of health over the last couple of years. In fact one of the reasons he stopped doing the original Rockford series was because his doctors told him it was wreaking havoc on his health and he needed a break. Much as I love Garner and the Rockford Files, I do remain hopeful for this show. TV needs a working class, punching, lazy anti-hero at the moment. Jack Bauer wishes he had balls anywhere near the size of Jim Rockford.
March 19, 2010, 7:14 a.m. CST
If he can disappear into a role like he did in About Schmidt, then this might be a home run. If he plays his usual self, epic failure.
March 19, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST
What are they oing to do with the show the open? Are they going to do a closeup of a cell phone and we hear it go to VM? "Hello this is Jim Rockford..." And what about the music? I am hoping for an updated version of the old open.
March 19, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST
March 19, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST
There is absolutely no need to remake the greatest detective tv show ever made. So, much of what made that show great other than top notch writing was the perfect casting and the chemistry between the actors. You cannot replace any of them: James Garner, Noah Beery, Stuart Margolin as Angel. How can you cast Angel with anyone who even comes close. Also, the 70s was a large part of what made the Rockford Files great. It won't translate as well into today's information age. Most P.I. work is done via the internet. Boring!!! And Rockford's business card printing contraption?
March 19, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST
And Noah Beery is completely devoid of smarm. Absolutely hate these casting choices so far.
March 19, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST
Why do they have to sully the good name of Rockford? Anyone who is nostalgic for the show is not going to watch this bastardization. Except for Herc, that is. He'll probably love it too.
March 19, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST
Come on. You KNOW that's perfect casting.
March 19, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST
...when it was called "Tom Stone".
March 19, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST
I'll give this a shot.
March 19, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST
This looks like $hit so far.
March 19, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST
It's not that I'm against a new Rockford Files but that these remakes are usually hobbled by trying to recreate the past. They would be better off if they made their own show even with the Rockford Files as the model but keeping that in the back of their mind instead of recreating the show outright.
March 19, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST
James Garner owned this role..
March 19, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST
The essence of Rockford was that it was a 70s private eye show. Remaking is useless, since 1) it's not the 70s anymore and the feel of the show would be all wrong, and 2) James Garner was iconic in the role. Rockford never went off the rails in any way that requires fixing - leave it alone!
March 19, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST
Makes about as much sense as Dermot Mulroney as Rockford.
March 19, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST
They should have gone with DB Sweeny as Rockford. Still say Joe Flanigan or even better Jeff Fahey should have gotten this role
March 19, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST
... has anyone had the chance to see 'Republic of Doyle'? I've read that it is similar to 'Rockford', and just wondered if it was any good?
March 19, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST
to pull Rockford off. At the every least he would have had no problem playing Jimmy Joe Meeker. I have no hope for this and WILL NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BE WATCHING IT! Go remake Simon and Simon instead. LEAVE ROCKFORD ALONE!!!
March 19, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST
by mr dark
March 19, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST
but not a very good one. Angel was a swarmy cocksucker that could do a great impersonation of 'classy' or 'sophisticated' in an elaborate con or fooling a mark. I don't see anyone believing that Luis Guzman is that type of person. Wrong choice.
March 19, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST
Nobody, no one and nobody!!!
March 19, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST
I love you Starman, but that was fucked up!
March 19, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST
by brock landers baby
and probably a flavor of the month "rap" star.
March 19, 2010, 8 p.m. CST
unless they go ballsy, make Angel female, and cast CCH Pounder.
March 19, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST
by The Gipper
Update it a bit, but keep that music!!!
March 19, 2010, 9:07 p.m. CST
Accept no substitutes.
March 19, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST
I would have picked Peter Gerety. Look up his image and you'll recognize him immediately from the TV show Homicide. Also Ned Beatty if he was available would have been good.<br> <br> Beau Bridges is a fucking uninspired choice. He pretty much always plays Beau Bridges and is immediately going to sap energy from the portrayal of Rocky.
March 19, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST
Guzman is an intriguing choice, but, I've never seen him play a stupid weasel. Not sure he could do it.
March 20, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST
Though it probably doesn't matter since this show will be canceled within a couple of weeks of airing. Garner IS Rockford. Rockford without Garner is just "generic private eye show" trading on a classic name.
March 20, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST
but it's Republic of Dull.
March 20, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST
PLEASE BOYCOTT THIS FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT SO THAT IT GETS CANCELLED IMMEDIATELY! LET'S SEND A MESSAGE TO HOLLYWOOD TO STOP TRYING TO EXPLOIT OUR NOSTALGIA AND COME UP WITH SOME ORIGINAL IDEAS.
March 20, 2010, 11 a.m. CST
1. Battlestar Galactica anything else?
March 20, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST
by Margot Tenenbaum
WHO WILL PLAY BOB NEWHART
March 20, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST
the Night Stalker. Remember that one?
March 20, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST
If not (and it probably doesn't) I can't think of a single successful remake OTHER than BSG.
March 20, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST
March 20, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST
And the difference between BSG and TRF is that '76 BSG was a seriously flawed and cheesy tv show with vast room for improvement as opposed to Rockford which was about as perfect as a tv show can be for what it set out to be. BN_Dude is correct: this will be another Night Stalker.
March 21, 2010, 4:52 a.m. CST
Either that, or Luis Guzman. And if they're going with a black guy, let it be Charlie Murphy...
March 21, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST
Although I would hardly say ER was a rip-off of St. Elsewhere. It is debatable, although I tend to look at it as St Elsewhere was popular and NBC said "we want a hospital show like St. Elsewhere, go find one". Not a remake or rip-off, more of just wanting something that someone else made money off of.<p>A remake has a lot more in common with the original than simply a setting or genre. A remake generally uses the same title, same character names, with many other elements being the same or very similar. <p>The Flintstones was not a remake of The Honeymooners, it was, at best, a re-imagining. Again, debatable, as I'd classify it as "Inspired by...".
March 21, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST
See his recent turn in Numb3rs as John Buckley. Slimy-looking? Check. Looks like he can't be trusted? Check. Somehow manages to get trusted anyway? Check. As for the rest of the cast, no, no no, no, NO! Shan't be watching.
March 21, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST
March 22, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST
March 22, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST
Wouldn't Burn Notice be a re-imaging of Rockford Files? He has his Mom, substituting for his dad. He has Bruce Campbell as his Angel. A drop-dead gorgeous girlfriend. Uses cellphones instead of an answering machine. Only thing he is missing is a redneck pony car. Cheech Marin would be great as Angel in a new Rockford Files.
March 22, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST
eyebrows to keep from getting wet. Christ them things are huge!
March 22, 2010, 10:11 p.m. CST
by Red Dawn Don
Angel Martin was a irritaing, self-serving, coward and Rob Schneider plays that perfectly.
March 22, 2010, 10:12 p.m. CST
by Red Dawn Don
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