‘Nash Bridges’ Revival Movie Reunites Don Johnson and Cheech Marin

by Matthew Memrick
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Don Johnson, Cheech Marin, and a “Nash Bridges” revival movie set to come out next week is an authentic Thanksgiving dessert.

Hey, it’s been 20 years since Johnson and Marin hit the San Francisco streets in a yellow 1971 Plymouth Barracuda, but fans could be in for a treat. There’s even talk of another series if the USA Network movie is a hit. That’ll be great for Johnson, who made out pretty well with the series the first time around.

TV Insider elaborated on the details for the Nov. 27 TV movie. The two-hour show starts at 9 p.m. Eastern so get your popcorn ready.

Johnson, Marin Starred In CBS ‘Nash Bridges’ Show

The police procedural drama’s first run went from 1996 to 2001 with 122 episodes.

Back then, Johnson played Bridges, and Marin’s Joe Dominguez character was his Special Investigations Unit partner. This movie reportedly opens with the men in the classic car talking about old times. Johnson now sports a stylish, grayed goatee. 

This concept could have some potential. If Mel Gibson can bring “Lethal Weapon 5” to life, why can’t these guys?

The 71-year-old Johnson’s a busy guy with his roles in HBO’s “Watchman” and NBC’s “Kenan.” He’s also got three movies on the way in some form, one way or the other (“Shriver,” “Rebel Ridge,” and “High Heat.”). Johnson co-created the original series and owned a little bit of it too. According to The Hollywood Reporter, when the actor disputed syndication profits, he reportedly took the show’s producers to court and got a $19 million settlement.

“I thought, especially during this time, it can bring some joy and action,” he told TV Insider. “‘Comfort food’: That’s how I’m referring to myself these days.”

The 75-year-old Marin’s also got a few projects up his sleeve. He’ll be in the upcoming 2022 Jennifer Lopez movie titled “Shotgun Wedding.” 

Tech-savvy eccentric Harvey Leek actor Jeff Perry is also back for the movie. Leek has now become a paranoid conspiracy theorist. 

According to TV Insider, Bridges daughter Jodi Lyn O’Keefe could also come back for the series if it gets the green light.

‘Nash Bridges’ Movie Has The Right Stuffing

Word of explosions, a gunfight, and the classic banter reportedly start the movie, but the plot goes a year into the future.

Joe’s a legal pot dispensary owner, while Bridges spends part of his time working as a bounty hunter. When the police need help to look for a serial killer, Capt. Lena Harris (Diarra Kilpatrick) turns to the aging men.

Former “Nash Bridges” director Greg Beeman put together the movie while Joe Dinicol, Angela Ko, Paul James, and Alexia Garcia are also cast. 

Johnson, also a producer, said the movie manages “to bring the fun and chemistry that the original had.”

Outsider.com