“You’re under arrest, sugar” might have been the sweetest preamble to a Miranda Rights reading on all seventies TV, and now she’s back with a new set of cuffs. ABC ordered a pilot for a Get Christie Love! reboot 44 years after Get Christie Love! premiered as a TV movie on the network, according to Variety.
Get Christie Love! was the first hour-long drama with an African American actress as the lead when the show premiered in January 1974. Teresa Graves held that honor until Kerry Washington in Scandal, which debuted in 2012. ABC is run by the Channing Dungey, first black woman appointed broadcast network president. The series comes from Uni TV, which is he first major U.S. TV studio headed by a black woman president, Pearlena Igbokwe. The original series ran on ABC from September 1974 until April 1975.
Kylie Bunbury, who most recently played the first female professional Major League Baseball player in Pitch on Fox, will star as the title character. Christie love is a black female CIA agent who leads an elite ops unit. Love “can transform into whomever she needs to be to get the job done, especially when it’s down to the wire and the stakes are life and death,” according to the official synopsis. “The high-adrenaline missions of the series are anchored by an emotional mystery about Christie’s first love — unearthing the truth about this relationship will be the biggest mission impossible of her life.”
The pilot is being written by Courtney A. Kemp who is also an executive producer on the series. Vin Diesel is an executive producer on the project under his One Race Television banner. Diesel also executive produces a reboot of Miami Vice for NBC.
There is no word yet on when Get Christie Love is scheduled to premiere.