TONY DANZA AND JOSH GROBAN star in the father-and-son crime drama on Netflix
The Good Cop
COMEDY DRAMA Netflix This odd couple US comedy drama sees Tony Danza play a disgraced ex-new York cop happy to dole out advice on life, love and work to his earnest policeman son (Josh Groban).
The Good Cop Genre: Crime drama Available Friday 21 September Season: 1 Episodes: 10 Runs: 60min
FROM THE CREATOR of Monk, the US TV series about a San Francisco cop with OCD, comes another crime drama that mixes police procedural murder mysteries with a bit of comic light relief.
Starring Tony Danza and Josh Groban, and set in Brooklyn, the series centres on Tony Caruso and his son TJ (Tony Jr), the latter being the good cop of the title.
Former Taxi star Danza, 67, plays Tony Snr, a corrupt ex-police officer who has come out of prison and, as part of his parole conditions, must live with TJ (Groban) – a nerdy, by-the-book homicide detective.
In the first episode, when a former colleague of Tony Snr’s turns up dead, TJ is shocked to find out that, according to forensics, he’s the prime suspect in his own case.
We caught up with Groban, 37, who is a successful singer, to find out more about the Caruso cops… JOSH, HOW DID YOU END UP LANDING A ROLE IN THIS SERIES? It came out of nowhere. I got a letter from the show’s creator Andy Breckman, saying that he thought I was right for this role. I was blown away.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE SHOW? It’s an episodic mystery detective show that harks back to Columbo-type shows and is also similar to Andy Breckman’s other brilliant series, Monk, which is very characterdriven too. Andy loves to dream up the perfect crime and write it backwards, creating these puzzles – in the same way as Poirot does.
YOU’RE STARRING WITH TONY DANZA, WHO PLAYS YOUR FATHER. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT HIS CHARACTER? Tony is incredible. His character is based on a real-life person who was considered to be one of the most corrupt detectives in NYPD history. But he was so great at what he did that detectives still asked his advice, even though he was a criminal. Tony Snr is larger than life, very ‘New York’, a bruiser kind of a guy.
HOW DOES TJ DEAL WITH HIS DAD’S SHADY PAST? For him it feels like the family name is at stake. He’s worked his way up through the ranks to become head of homicide. As part of the parole his dad has to live with him and, while he loves his dad very much, he feels that his past is kind of like a stain on their history. They’re an odd couple.
YOU HAVE A NEW ALBUM COMING OUT THE DAY THIS SHOW LAUNCHES. HOW’S THE BALANCE BETWEEN ACTING AND SINGING WORKING OUT? Now, more than ever, I’ve found the balance I’ve craved my whole career. I left theatre school to sign a record deal, and when that happened I was shocked in the same way I was when I was offered this role. It was a door I felt it was important to walk through.
WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW ALBUM, Bridges? It includes a duet with the Italian singer Andrea Bocelli, who’s basically the reason I got my big break when I was 17. To have a duet with him eight albums later feels like my career has come full circle, so it’s a very special album for me.
TONY DANZA AND JOSH GROBAN ASTONY AND TJ
TJ AND TONY ARE FORCED TO LIVE TOGETHER