Production has begun in Universal City, CA, on “Dragnet,” a new version of the classic crime drama series that is scheduled to air Sundays (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network, beginning February 2, 2003.
From Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, one of television‘s most successful creators and architect of the long-running “Law & Order” franchise, this updated version of “Dragnet” will feature two Los Angeles police detectives investigating crimes in the City of Angels. Stories will be drawn from Los Angeles’ crime history.
“Dragnet” stars Danny Huston (“Ivans XTC,” “Anna Karenina”) as the hard-nosed, no-nonsense Detective Joe Friday. Ethan Embry (“Sweet Home Alabama,” “That Thing You Do”) stars as his partner — the younger, but just as straightforward, Detective Frank Smith.
“It’s incredibly exciting to bring back the cop show that was the gold standard of this genre for so many years. However, with Danny and Ethan in the leading roles, this is clearly not going to be your father’s ‘Dragnet.'”
The original “Dragnet” began on NBC in 1949 as a radio drama, then moved to the small screen in 1952, running for seven years in its initial incarnation. It resurfaced in 1967 for three more years, starring Jack Webb as the blunt, no-nonsense, “just the facts, ma’am” LAPD Sergeant.
“Dragnet” is a production of Wolf Films in association with Universal Network Television. Dick Wolf, Peter Jankowski and Walon Green are executive producers. Robert Nathan, Kevin Hooks and Arthur Forney serve as co-executive producers.