‘Bonanza’: Dan Blocker’s Son Stars in This Hit Comedy

by Emily Morgan
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Dan Blocker, who played Hoss Cartwright on “Bonanza,” may no longer be with us, but his memory continues with his son. Dirk Blocker followed in his famous father’s footsteps when he pursued a career as an actor like his father. 

Blocker began his career booking small guest-roles, such as when he appeared on the beloved family series “Little House on the Prairie” and other series. He booked his first major gig when he landed a TV role on “Baa Baa Black Sheep” in 1976, playing pilot Jerry Bragg. 

After his time on the WWII series, he appeared on other shows such as “The Border,” “Poltergeist,” “Starman,” “M*A*S*H,” “Newhart,” “Matlock,” “The X-Files,” “ER,” “Deadwood,” “Criminal Minds” and, There’s… Johnny!” Later in 1993, he got to make his father proud when he appeared on Bonanza: The Return as a reporter named Fenster. 

Dan Blocker’s Son Shows Off Acting Skills In ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

Now, fans can catch him playing Detective Michael Hitchcock in the comedy series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” However, Dan Blocker’s son will have to find another gig as the comedy series is entering its final season. 

The series starring Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher will wrap with its eighth season and consist of 10 episodes. However, the show’s creators Dan Goor and Mike Schur, will not air the final season during the 2020-21 season. 

According to NBC, they’re delaying airing the show since NBC has already set its “midseason” schedule to make room for a crowded broadcast calendar this spring. With the upcoming Olympics, the network will use the event for advertising the final season. They also hope the extra time will give them the ability for a big promotional push. 

As NBC’s longest-running comedy, its series finale will coincide with the ending of the fellow comedy series, “Superstore.” After an earlier cancellation from FOX in 2018“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” aired for three seasons on NBC after the network quickly revived it. The original cancellation led to many of the show’s fans calling for it to come back. 

As a result, the show was brought back 24 hours later. For those looking to catch up on the show, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is available to watch on Peacock and Hulu.