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Ironside Returns to TV This October: Blair Underwood Plays Wheelchair Bound Detective
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Ironside Returns to TV This October: Blair Underwood Plays Wheelchair Bound Detective

More and more actors are taking on the parts of individuals with disabilities, on television these days. Some of them are disabled in their real lives, and some are not. While actor Blair Underwood is an able-bodied person, he is taking the part of paralyzed Detective Robert T. Ironside this season. Some think this illustrates how far we have come as a society, finally becoming more inclusive to people from all walks of life. 

According to the show's storyline, Detective Robert T. Ironside has been forced to leave the San Fransico Police Department with more than twenty years of service under his belt, after being shot and paralyzed from the waist down, rendering him in a wheelchair. After refusing to take no for answer, he gets himself hired as "special consultant" on the police force, by his friend, Dennis Randall, the Police Commissioner. Now Ironside uses brains over, well, everything else, to solve cases. Naturally, he hires a pointer man, who is an ex-con, to work with him. 

If you can, watch it. Support Ironside. It would be good to see this unconventional show go on for a few long seasons, particularly as new technologies potentially make it even more interesting to watch. Need another reason to watch the show? How about this: Blair Underwood is just hot and sexy. Plus, he is driving around in a handicapped car with a Halo for the controls. T

Although the show is fiction, it does a couple of particularly important things:

1.) It shows how we all need each other, and it encourages people to see wheelchair users as people first.

2.) It shows that people with disabilities can very much contribute to their communities, and help others. 

Seemingly, mainstream television is going on to add more parts for those with disabilities. I firmly believe that te more different lifestyles we see, the more we grow. So let's stay tuned, and continue to grow.  

See the show HERE. And catch the preview below!

 

 

Photo courtesy NBC

I welcome comments. 

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  1. Tara Richardson
    Tara Richardson
    You're killing me.. Ironside is my next post... I can't read yours until I finish mine. Then I'll come and read yours. You are a marvelous writer so I know it's going to be good.
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you. I'll stop by and read yours too and vote when it is up.
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  2. Tara Richardson
    Tara Richardson
    Oh I plan on voting after I read it :)
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you.
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  3. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    They just posted on Rolling Without Limits Facebook page that the show was canceled after the first three episodes were aired. That wasn't the case five days ago when I wrote this, but it is now. I'm saying that maybe we could support our actors taking these roles. It brings awareness and acceptance to the disabled community.
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  4. HotWheels
    Oh what a shame! I used to love Ironside in the 70s (showing my age here!) when I was a child. I wonder why they've pulled it? Great post as always ... voted.
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you HotWheels.
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  5. Broken English
    Broken English
    Voted. Great blog, love the unusual angle. I remember the original TV series (vaguely) and It's an interesting piece of casting to have Blair Underwood as the new Ironside - he certainly is hot and sexy! Hopefully we will get this series in the UK at some point too.
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you Maggie. Unfortunately they canceled it here, after I wrote this. You should be able to get all three episodes on nbc or hulu on the internet, for a while, at least. Enjoy.
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