Dunno how I missed this, but in the Sunday New York Times there was a piece about FOX's The Good Guys, which, if I'm not mistaken, is shooting at a certain landmark hotel just down the street from Unfair Park HQ today. Ah, and The Times story was written by none other than a former Dallas Times Herald writer by the name of Joe Rhodes -- a mighty good chap, helped me find that place in L.A. way back when. In particular, I like Joe's description of the show that premieres May 19: Colin Hanks and Bradley Whitford, as Dallas PD detectives, are "a sort of Starsky & Hutch of small-appliance theft cases."
We've covered a lot of this ground before -- especially why FOX is shooting in Dallas (because it's easier to shoot quickly here, which makes it much cheaper than shooting in Los Angeles). In other words, it's "a network-quality show on a cable budget," in the words of Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly. Joe also talks to creator Matt Nix about the genesis of the show, which the creator of Burn Notice has been wanting to do since, well, forever:
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What Mr. Nix wanted to do 10 years ago, when he wrote the first version of The Good Guys as a feature film script, was find a way a way to reinvent the buddy-cop action-comedy genre in the same way that The Princess Bride had reinvented fairy tales. "What I loved about that movie," he said, "is that it's telling a classic story in a way that acknowledges that you've heard the story before but finds a way to let you enjoy it in a whole new way. So I thought, 'How can I remake this in the same way that gives me the same pleasure as when I was a kid?'"