On July 12, the cast of NYPD Blue returns from hiatus to shoot their 12th — and final — season. They're all sad about saying goodbye, including Bill Brochtrup, who's played John Irvin, the gorgeously-coiffed, openly gay squad-room secretary, for most of the show's run.
"It really hit me in May at ABC's fall presentation to the advertisers in New York," he tells TV Guide Online. "They did this beautiful tribute where they played a clip of the show and invited past and current cast members up on stage. Some people in the audience were welling up. I thought, 'Wow! This is the end.'"
Brochtrup wishes Blue didn't have to go, but he's made his peace with it. "[Creator] Steven Bochco wants to go out while the ratings and the quality are still good," he says. "You don't want to ride it into the ground until it becomes a tired little show nobody wants to see anymore. It's been a pretty lucky circumstance for actors to stay emp