1. The disability controversy
When Blair Underwood was cast in the role of Robert Ironside, it angered a lot of famous disabled actors in Hollywood. Disabled actors like Kurt Yaeger and Auti Angel spoke out against the casting decision, arguing that the role of Ironside should be played by an actor with a disability.
The producers cast a non-disabled actor because they wanted to incorporate flashbacks to before Ironside was disabled. In doing so, however, the producers alienated disabled TV fans. Moreover, they took away what could have been a big draw. With a "normal" actor in the chair, "Ironside" becomes yet another bland police procedural.
2. The show's retro appeal factor is low
Many TV fans are unaware that "Ironside" is actually a remake of an NBC show of the same name that ran from 1967 to 1975. Remakes of popular shows from decades past can have powerful nostalgic impact on potential viewers, but the retro appeal of this drama isn't being played up at all. This show simply doesn't trigger the same nostalgia as other shows from the same era.
3. The crimes lack creativity
TV fans have high expectations when it comes to police procedurals and crime dramas. In an era where viewers have been exposed to the fiendishly clever twists and turns of dramas like "Sherlock" and "Criminal Minds," the bar is simply higher for creative crimes that won't bore the audience. Today's TV fans want to root for both the police and the criminals they are hunting.
4. "Ironside" lacks passion
"Ironside" is a symptom of a larger problem at NBC: creative laziness. For the past few years, NBC has commissioned a string of shows inspired by existing films, books, or other properties. This over-reliance on remakes and retreads has resulted in low ratings, bored viewers, and shows that feel placid and passionless. "Ironside" could have worked on a different network that was willing to take more risks, but this remake just can't seem to get audiences excited.
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