Malik Yoba Will Reprise Role in ‘New York Undercover’ Reboot at ABC

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While I’ve made it my mission in life to ignore the resurrections of Murphy Brown, Full House, and other televised ghosts from primetime past, we finally have a reboot I might actually watch.


While we’ve previously reported that New York Undercover will be making its triumphant return in the near future, Variety reports that a familiar face will be returning as well—that of detective JC Williams, played by Blistex-enthusiast Malik Yoba.

Yoba has spent his time since the original Fox series starring in Empire, CBS’ God Friended Me, TBS’ The Last O.G., and ABC’s Designated Survivor, but has always held a special place in his heart for the iconic New York Uncover.

“Listen, there’s a lot of stories to still tell,” Yoba told ESSENCE back in August. “And New York Undercover is a dope part of my experience.”

ABC announced that they were picking up the reboot to pilot in January, and it’ll pick up 20 years after the original series.

Picking up 20 years after the end of the original series, “New York Undercover” will follow detectives Nat Gilmore and Melissa Ortiz as they investigate the city’s most dangerous criminals from Harlem to Battery Park. This time around, Williams is overseeing the unit and the next generation of detectives.

The 2019 iteration will be written and executive produced by the original’s creator Dick Wolf, as well as “Hand of God” creator Ben Watkins. Regular Wolf collaborators Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski will also serve as executive producers. Anthony Hemingway is onboard to executive produce and direct the pilot. Universal Television and ABC Studios will produce in association with Wolf Films.

While Detective Eddie Torres—who was played by Michael DeLorenzo—is sorta kinda dead, ABC has hinted that additional roles from the original cast will be reprised. Maybe JC’s son G or Detective Nina Moreno perhaps?

The pilot will begin filming in early March in New York.

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Producer Wolf’s heavy-handedness along with Fox execs torpedoed the show when the choice was made to kill the Torres character. I could scarcely watch the fourth season with the two new Colonizer cops, even adding Tommy from “Martin” (so THAT was his job? R.I.P., Tommy) didn’t really help matters. It was a wrap. Heck, I don’t even think the show ever appeared on DVD over the years. I guess now it would have to be streaming on Hulu or Netflix, hint-hint. Also, this time around there needs to be lots of merchandise, which wasn’t available the last time around. No excuses this time!