Original air dates: 1974-1980 Remake's air dates: NBC ordered this pilot for 2010 "House" creator/executive producer David Shore has signed on to put a modern spin on James Garner's ex-con-turned-P.I. The "Rockford" pilot script definitely has the panache of the old show, says Stephen J. Cannell, who with Roy Huggins created the first show. The writing is funny. They have a sense for the character, a sense for what Rockford was. But Shore is looking at it as a completely fresh thing (which is) exactly the right way to do it.