The remarkable career of Tony Danza — Malverne’s own, we dutifully add — is about to take another unexpected turn, this time on Netflix. The streaming service announced Monday he’ll star in a 10-episode police dramedy, “The Good Cop.” No launch date was announced.
Per Netflix, he’ll play “Tony Sr., a disgraced, former NYPD officer who never followed the rules. He lives with his son, Tony Jr., an earnest, obsessively honest NYPD detective who makes a point of always following the rules.
This ‘odd couple’ become unofficial partners as Tony Sr. offers his overly-cautious son blunt, street-wise advice on everything from handling suspects to handling women.” (Netflix didn’t say who will play his son.)
Danza, who turned 66 in April, hasn’t starred in a network drama in over 15 years (“Family Law”), although he has cracked the streaming model. (He’s in Seeso’s “There’s... Johnny,” which launches Aug. 24.) He’s done much over his lengthy career — arguably everything, from professional boxer to “Taxi” to “Who’s The Boss?” to Broadway to a talk show to teaching.
The Netflix show will be produced by “Monk’s” Andy Breckman, who said in a statement, “Many cop shows feature dark and provocative material: psycho-sexual killers, twisted, grim, flawed detectives. Many address the most controversial issues of the day. I watch a lot of them. God bless ‘em all. But the show I want to produce is playful, family-friendly, and a celebration of old-fashioned puzzle-solving.”