ABC Taps Newcomer To Play Sipowicz’s Son In ‘NYPD Blue’ Revival

Do you see a family resemblance? Well, ABC does. The network’s revival of NYPD Blue just found its male lead.

British newcomer Fabien Frankel has been tapped to play Theo Sipowicz, the son of Dennis Franz’s Andy Sipowicz. It’s his first major television role. He’ll join previously announced cast member Supernatural alum Alona Tal as Detective Nicole Lazarus.

The series centers around Theo, as he tries to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating his father’s murder. Yup, that’s right. Sipowicz is dead in this new version. Don’t hold your breath for a ghostly cameo either. Franz, a three-time Emmy winner for his role, is retired.

Even though Franz isn’t returning, two cast members from the original series are reprising their roles. Kim Delaney and Bill Brochtrup will return to play their respective roles as Diane Russell and John Irvin respectively in the pilot.

During its run, NYPD Blue aired 261 episodes over 12 seasons. Not only was it a ratings hit, but a critical darling as well. It garnered 84 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, winning 20 of them including Outstanding Drama Series in 1995. Until Grey’s Anatomy in 2016, NYPD Blue was ABC’s longest-running one-hour drama.

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