Ponch and Jon are pulling the choppers and mirrored sunglasses out of storage — “CHiPs” is ready to roll again, with a reunion telefilm set for an October bow on cabler TNT.
Series stars Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox are on board while series creator Rick Rosner will produce the two-hour “CHiPs ’99,” which will find hard-working highway patrolmen Frank Poncherello and Jon Baker re-teaming, after a 15-year separation, to break up a car-theft ring.
“CHiPs,” whose title was derived from the acronym for the California Highway Patrol, was an action-packed 8 p.m. staple on NBC from 1977 to 1983. Car chases and fiery crashes were the hallmarks of the MGM-produced series. Turner Broadcasting acquired the original “CHiPs” as part of its 1986 purchase of the MGM movie and TV library.
The reunion telefilm promises to serve up a slew of celeb cameos, such as producer Garry Marshall appearing as a bus driver. “CHiPs ’99” is tentatively slated for an Oct. 27 premiere on TNT, which continues to get ratings mileage out of Monday-Friday airings of the original “CHiPs” segs.