Ernie Hudson Reflects on Oz Role, Addresses Possibility of Revival

Long before shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones were making a splash by killing off major characters, it was happening frequently on HBO’s Oz. The prison drama ran from 1997 to 2003, taking viewers behind the walls of the fictional Oswald State Penitentiary, aka “Oz.” Among the stars of the show’s ensemble cast was Ghostbusters favorite Ernie Hudson who played the prison’s warden, Leo Glynn.

Oz didn’t seem to get the attention that it deserved during its run as it was perhaps a bit ahead of its time. Some fans might wonder if now, the time would be right for more of Oz, questioning if a series reboot or revival could be in the cards. The question was asked of Hudson in a new interview with AV Club, but the actor seemed bemused by the idea. He doesn’t seem to remember very much at all about the show beyond the way his character’s story came to an end, leaving him unenthused about the idea of seeing Oz return. From the interview:


“I did Oz for eight seasons. The only thing I can remember is I died the very last show. And, so, I don’t know. I don’t want to experience dying on Oz again.”

Oz has been off the air for almost two decades, and as Hudson has done many other roles, it’s certainly understandable for him to forget a lot about his time on the show. To be clear, Oz ended after six seasons rather than eight, and his character actually dies in the penultimate episode. The final season of Oz wasn’t quite as well-received as earlier seasons, and perhaps Hudson was similarly unimpressed with what happened to his character after six seasons of investment. In any case, don’t call Hudson if you’re planning to reboot Oz.

Ernie Hudson Feels Differently About Ghostbusters


Ernie Hudson doesn’t seem to feel very sentimental for Leo Glynn, but he loves his Ghostbusters character Winston Zeddemore. In the same AV Club interview, Hudson addressed the possibility of seeing Winston return in future Ghostbusters film. Here’s what he said when asked if he wants to see Winston brought back in a “proper” way.

“If proper means being well-paid, yes I do. I love Ghostbusters. I love Winston Zeddemore, and in the movie, he’s a billionaire now, so that makes me very excited.”

Hudson also recently provided a positive update on the screenplay for Ghostbusters 4, which will serve as a direct sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife, so it would seem that there may be some solid plans for Winston moving ahead in that franchise. The next movie is scheduled to be released in theaters on Dec. 20, 2023.