Today: Blair Underwood Ironside
NBC debuted its fall schedule May 13 2013, and to give a sneak peak of the new show Ironside, Blair Underwood came by Today. It’s a remake of the original show, which ran from 1967 to 1975, about a wheelchair-bound detective who solves crimes. Blair Underwood said he was a little too young to remember the show, since he was a baby when it was on. But he said when he mentions the show, a lot of people of a certain generation become very excited that the show is going to be on television again. He said the show was very iconic and had a lot of fans.
Blair Underwood’s character was shot in the spine, making him a paraplegic. He said his character was only injured two years before the main narrative of the show takes place. The story incorporates a lot of flashbacks, which allows him to run around and do things outside of the wheelchair. It’s a great character study, he said, because you see how the character was before the injury and after it. He added that the character hates it when people acknowledge his disability, but in his most private moments, the character has to.
Today: Blair Underwood Playing A Paraplegic
Blair Underwood said that playing a paraplegic is very challenging. His mother is in a wheelchair and it’s given them a chance to really discuss things they’ve never even talked about it. He said that his mother “doesn’t want to and never has played the victim.” They’ve really bonded over their conversations discussing what it’s like to spend life in a wheelchair.
Today: Blair Underwood Research
Blair Underwood said he went out to restaurants with his kids and out in public in the wheelchair, to see what it was like. “But you’re a sexy guy in the wheelchair,” Al Roker said. “Well, only because I’m trying to be like Al,” Blair Underwood joked. Natalie Morales said it’s working for him. Al Roker said he was a big fan of the show when it was on the air.