David Caruso on EW's 'NYPD Blue' reunion: 'I wish we could go out and do some episodes'



It’s not every day that you see Dennis Franz, David Caruso, Jimmy Smits, and Ricky Schroder walk the same street. Come to think of it, the four stars from ABC’s police drama NYPD Blue had never done it before Sept. 21, 2011, when they gathered at Raleigh Studios Manhattan Beach (Calif.) for EW’s Reunions Issue photo shoot. The vibe was warm, chummy, and a bit emotional as Franz and three of his onscreen detective partners (unfortunately, the fourth, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, was filming out of town) swapped well wishes and staked out Memory Lane.

Caruso, Smits, and Schroder hadn’t spent much time with each other, as Schroder’s Danny Sorenson replaced Smits’ Bobby Simone, who had replaced Caruso’s John Kelly. Franz — who claimed four Emmys for his portrayal of tough-nosed Andy Sipowicz (and who still wears a ring that’s a replica of his badge) — worked with each of the three while staying on the show for its entire 12-season run. “Dennis was the hub from which all the other spokes moved,” praised Schroder. “He’s the godfather.” Franz, who hadn’t actually seen Caruso in person since the latter’s infamous departure from the series only four episodes into season 2, gave his original partner a hearty hug and opened with a joke: “We gotta get together and take a picture every 17 years!” Caruso was clearly moved by the rare opportunity. “Wow. You could feel the power of it,” he marveled afterward. “It just felt so right to be with them, too… Man, I wish we could go out and do some episodes with those four guys!”  Smits chuckled and savored that possibility. “There could be some serious fireworks happening there. Definitely.”

For more with the four lawmen from NYPD Blue — and to see what happened when we reunited the casts of Princess Bride, Fatal AttractionAliens, and Home Improvement among others —  pick up this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now.

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  • sam

    I really miss the Caruso who was on NYPD Blue. He actually acted instead of being a cartoon character. The man is actually a fine actor although you would never know it watching CSI Miami.

  • Lizzie

    I would love to see NYPD Blue again. It was, by far, the best show on TV. It’s too bad ABC didn’t give Detroit 1-8-7 a chance. It had all the makings of a hit like NYPD Blue was.

    • Shane

      Lizzie, you totally nailed it.
      After loving so many shows over the years, still a re-watch reminds me that NYPD Blue was the best tv will ever get. It remains fresh and strong and the writing, Milch at his best while he was becoming unraveled, is still unparalleled (despite how much I worship at the Sorkin altar). D-1-8-7 was the first show I had felt that way about since the last time the lights went out in “the squad” and I was so sorry ABC has no guts and no sense of belief in their programming.
      Now i just wish Steven Bochco and ABC would come to terms so that the rest of the seasons can come out on DVD. The night that Bobby Simone died was the saddest thing I have ever seen on a fictional tv series.

      • L.J

        I hate to say it but dramas like NYPD Blue do not have a home anymore.All t.v dramas are only made for women and gay men. Especially ABC look at their new fall line up. if NYPD Blue was pitched to them today they would’nt buy it.

  • Simon Jester

    Jeez, Dennis Franz looks exactly the same!

    Miss these guys. They don’t make cop shows of this caliber anymore.

  • redvector

    When NYPD Blue turned into the Dennis Franz show I lost interest.

  • ccc

    Caruso left the show because he thot he was going to be a big star in the movies. He has such a fake acting quality about him. I don’t know if he was told to do it or if it’s him. Loved NYPD Blue, but don’t watch CSI, Miami.

    • Shane

      Well you know these people strive their whole lives for success and work very hard to get there. Once success arrives, and we forget that Caruso was incredible as Kelly, a stand out and an overnight superstar, they have to choose do they strike while their moment is there or do they continue where they are and take the chance of it being lost- cancellation, poor writing choices etc- so I understood why and how he made his choice. I liked him very much in his brief solo show and as much as I loved Bobby Simone, there was no one quite like John Kelly. Actors have to choose, they are just people. Some choose and have it work out when they go, others stay and become so pigeonholed that it takes them forever to find work when a show inevitably ends. I don’t blame David for making his choice. It just didn’t work out for him.

  • Genevg

    We wish that too! Please do it!

  • amy

    Remember when they showed Dennis Franz’s naked butt on NYPD Blue? That was enough to make u lose your lunch! Yuck!!!

  • Janie

    I’m watching NYPD Blue on Nuvo TV … I think Nuvo is a Spanish station on Dish Network. Not sure how much is cut from episodes but the nekkid scenes are there. Um. When I watched the first episode of the series again, I was just pulled in and compelled and fully invested. F***ing good old days when TV shows socked you in the face & you paid attention.

    • Margaret

      I’ve been watching the reruns on Nuvo TV as well! I loved watching this show. Great acting and great story lines. I wish they would reunite all these actors in a updated version of NYPD Blue. Loved, loved that show!

  • Glenda

    I also wish we could see y’all together again!!! My question is…why can’t we. It was a great show, so sorry it had to end. Great to see all of you in the pics.

    • Rinstadt

      Who are you talking to dear?

  • fastball

    NYPD Blue would totally rock on HBO. Bring the cast back, write some non-network realistic scripts, let the real-life language fly, sit back and collect the Emmys.

  • MB

    “NYPD Blue” in its debut was incredible. Its two leads were the most unconventional in tv history: a pasty-faced, redhead Irish-American and a potato-head Polish-American—or Polack, as Sipowicz might have said. A great show.

  • Morgan Havoc

    Bring these four , Mark-Paul , Charlotte Ross and a few new face, not try to do NYPD Blue ( some of the characters are dead), but capture the same vibe. Set in a special investigations until that targets the worst of the worst criminals who seem untouchable for normal law enforcement.

  • bossfan

    Best cop drama ever (and yes, the includes The Shield and The Wire).

  • Badlands

    Just get the rest of the seasons out on DVD already! Wtf is with that?!

  • Pickle8182

    Am I the only one who thinks Ricky is trying to hard to look badass?

    • bossfan

      Caruso looks dead.

      • Brian Mouland

        Why bring back that horrid memory!

    • Margaret

      Nope, David is still trying too hard. Still lame!

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