Netflix is hoping that the stars of its new father-son dramedy series The Good Cop can make beautiful music together, which should literally not be a problem. Singer-songwriter/actor Josh Groban will star opposite Tony Danza (who’s been known to carry a tune) in the 10-episode series that adds a family aspect to the typical “buddy cop” formula. Monk‘s creator/executive producer Andy Breckman and director/executive producer Randy Zisk are the creative forces shepherding the series.
Groban (Ally McBeal, The Office) took to Twitter on Wednesday to make a personal announcement:
— josh groban (@joshgroban) November 8, 2017
Danza (Who’s The Boss?, Taxi) announced his involvement in the series via Twitter in June, when news of the series was initially announced:
Exciting news to share! https://t.co/FShAcjPsXw
— Tony Danza (@TonyDanza) June 19, 2017
The Good Cop centers on Tony Sr. (Danza), a disgraced former NYPD officer who never followed the rules. He lives with his son, Tony Jr. (Groban), 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, streetwise advice on everything from handling suspects to handling women.
Danza will serve as a producer on the series; with Breckman, Zisk and 3 Arts’ Howard Klein executive produce alongside Israeli production company Yes. Zisk is set to direct the first episode of season, with filming slated to begin in New York City in late 2017.
On an interesting side note, Groban’s first dream was to be an actor and not a singer:
“I wanted to be an actor because it was way easier for me to have a mask than to not have a mask. I was a shy kid. I was awkward. I was picked on. When I fell into a character, I got to not be me. I played someone else. I got to pretend to have a certain confidence that I normally didn’t have. Acting gave me the freedom to do that. Ironically enough, singing was the more vulnerable thing. That was showing off the nakedness. Singing was always in me, but the acting felt safer for a good long time. The fact that the singing wound up coming to the forefront was a direct result of having an arts foundation and having great teachers who pulled me out of my shell.”