‘Miami Vice’ Star Don Johnson Debates Whether Show Needs a Revival

by Kati Michelle

When it comes to spin-offs and revivals, unfortunately, not all are created equal. Sometimes they just don’t land well, feeding into that “well if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality. At least that’s what some of the feedback surrounding the “Highway to Heaven” reboot sounds like. Then, on the other hand, you’ve got “Dexter: New Blood” which is bringing in more views than the parent series ever did. But where does that leave “Miami Vice?”

The OG series hit the waves in ’84 and wrapped up in ’89. Based on its popularity, there was also a 2006 project inspired by the original series. This film starred Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx and brought in mixed reviews at the box office. It ultimately left fans wanting more and that sentiment continues to ring true today. But what better person to finally squash the revival debate than “Miami Vice” star Don Johnson himself?

Don Johnson Reveals His True Feelings About a ‘Miami Vice’ Revival

Don Johnson (officially Donnie Wayne Johnson) is still a prevalent name in Hollywood. Nowadays the star lends his skills to not only acting but producing, directing, singing, and songwriting as well. Several fans, however, know Johnson by a different name. That would be James “Sonny” Crockett from the “Miami Vice” TV series from the 80s. His performance on the show even won him a Golden Globe.

In sitting down with Fox 5, Johnson revealed how he actually feels about the idea of a “Miami Vice” revival. He says he’s ultimately open to starring on a revamp, but he’s not sure a revamp could ever replicate what the original beloved series had.

You can listen to the full chat here:

Johnson describes how the original “Miami Vice” really honed in on a certain “time, place, and sensibility” that can’t really be “contemporized.” He talks about the pre-cell phone era and even jokes about his old dating life.

Another interesting topic that comes up in his chat is his relationship with previous “Miami Vice” co-stars.

Does Don Johnson Still Talk to Philip Michael Thomas?

Philip Michael Thomas starred beside Don Johnson as Detective Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs on the show. When asked if the two still stay in touch, Johnson reveals “Oh yeah, we talk to each other all the time.”

Johnson even adds:

“I love Philip. I mean it’s very rare that you can say that you go to work with someone for 14 hours a day and for 5 years and never have a single argument. That speaks a lot about Philip. Not about me.”

While we all wait for the revamp which may or may not ever happen, “Miami Vice” is available to stream through both Hulu and Amazon.