Michael MacGruder (Cagney and Lacey)

Created by Steven Brown

Intended as a possible spin-off from Cagney & Lacey, Orion Productions had high hopes for “The Bounty Hunter,” an unsold pilot disguised as an episode in the popular show’s third season. BrianDennehy starred as MICHAEL MacGRUDER, a tough guy manhunter from Michigan on the trail of a bail jumper, who’s wanted in New York City by NYPD detective Chris Cagney and Mary Beth Lacey for armed robbery.

But with the bond running out in a few days, MacGruder’s not pussyfooting around, and ends up ticking off Cagney and Lacey.

The spin-off never happened, but big burly Dennehy, who was born to play some sort of cop, had already played a house dick turned casino detective in the short-lived (for good reason) 1979 TV series Big Shamus, Little Shamus, and would go on to play an actual private eye in the 1991 feature film, F/X2.


    (1981-88, CBS)
    Created by Barbara Avedon and Barbara Corday
    STARRING  Sharon Gless as CHRIS CAGNEY
    and Tyne Daly as MARY BETH LACEY

    • “The Bounty Hunter”
      (April 23, 1984)
      Aired: April 23, 1984
      60 minutes
      Written by Steve Brown
      Directed by Bill Duke
      Starring Brian Dennehy,  as MICHAEL MacGRUDER
      Also starring Laura Prange, Peter Voight, Dennis Pratt
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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