AceShowbiz - Dr. Joel Fleischman is heading back to Alaska. CBS is revisiting "Northern Exposure" by developing the comedy-drama which aired from 1990 to 1995. Star Rob Morrow is reportedly down to reprise his role as Joel in addition to serving as executive producer.
The network offers a brief explanation of what to expect in the project, hinting that one character from the original series will be killed off to set the background story. "When Dr. Joel Fleischman returns to Cicely, Alaska for the funeral of an old friend, he finds a new set of quirky characters and reunites with old ones in this continuation of the classic series," the description reads.
While it's been confirmed that Rob will return, it remains to be seen if other original stars will join him on the revival. Words are, John Corbett is set to once again play his popular character Chris Stevens "from time to time." He is also attached to serve as producer.
Premiering in July 1990, "Northern Exposure" revolves around New York City native Dr. Joel Fleischman, who is struggling to adjust his new life in Alaska. Much to his chagrin, he was assigned to the much smaller, remote fictional town of Cicely, which is in need of a general practitioner. However, things didnt't went that bad as he then was involved in a hot-and-cold romantic with Maggie O'Connell (Janine Turner).
The show quickly became a critical smash. It won a Best Drama at Emmy as well as a pair of consecutive Peabody Awards. Created by Joshua Brand and John Falsey, the show ran for 110 episodes on the network. It ranked among the top 10 viewed by 18- to 49-year-olds on CBS during1992–1993 and 1993–1994 schedules.
"Northern Exposure" also starred Barry Corbin as Maurice Minnifield, John Cullum as Holling Vincouer, Cynthia Geary as Shelly Tambo, Darren E. Burrows as Ed Chigliak, Peg Phillips as Ruth-Anne Miller and Ellaine Miles as Marilyn Whirlwind.