The talented Alan Tudyk (Firefly) has signed on to star opposite Dermont Mulroney (Undertow) in the television remake of the 1974 James Garner detective series The Rockford Files. The remake is from House creator David Shore and has Mulroney playing the titular James Rockford, “who is “slightly crumpled, wry humored, cynical, world weary, compassionate when it’s called for and easily irritated by morons.” So basically it sounds like NBC has asked for their own version of House (it’s hard to blame them; House is consistently one of Fox’s highest rated TV shows).
According to THR, “Tudyk will play Det. Dennis Becker, a friend of Rockford’s who is a bit embarrassed by that since all the other cops hate Rockford.” So, that’s James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard’s character on House). No word yet if Rockford will work with a team of three junior detectives while carrying on a love-hate relationship with his superior (although I don’t know who a private detective would answer to).