Fall TV Tips: The Cop Shows

Wednesday, August 4 by

In my continue break down of the new fall TV shows where I tell you what to watch and what to skip, after debating lawyer shows last week I am now taking a peek under the hood of the cop shows.

Never does a season go by on network television where a new cop show or two fails to debut. In fact, the cop show is the most popular TV longform genre in the history of da’ tube and this season is keeping the streak alive with a handful of police entries. Don’t get too excited, though. Only a couple of them are worth a glance.

WATCH IT: “Hawaii Five-0” (CBS),  Mondays at 10 pm (ET)

Scott Caan and Alex O’Loughlin — hoping his 14th series is the charm — star as McGarrett and Dano in the reboot of the uber-cool “Hawaii Five-0." Jin from “Lost” is also on board as Chin Ho Kelly and so is Grace Park as a female Kona. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are the executive producers, which is a great sign for fun to come. They wrote the Transformers flicks, the recent Star Trek movie, Mission: Impossible III, and lots of other guilty pleasure goodness.

While this show may not have award-winning dramatic performances or contain the highest of artistic substance, it does have sh*t blowing up, hot chicks in bikinis, and the original badass theme song. And at the end of the day, isn’t that what TV is all about?

SKIP IT:Detroit 1-8-7” (ABC), Tuesdays at 10 pm (ET)

This show had a lot of early buzz and great potential. It promised to mix occasional real life footage with a “Homicide: Life on the Streets” dramatic sensibility — all shot documentary style. Sadly, it has completely fallen apart. The show stars Michael Imperioli and a host of no name actors, and the pilot — while not brilliant — gave hope to what could be coming in future episodes. Instead, the producers did reshoots and dropped the documentary style under the pressure of ABC executives and have done a general dumbing down of the whole premise.

The biggest blow to the show, which is shot in Detroit, was when the mayor banned ride-alongs with the local cops. This killed some of the show’s gritty realness and would have cost the production extra cash in order to replicate the feel with the fake stuff. All of this adds up to a piece of crap that smells worse than a squater in an abandoned auto factory. Even if the show somehow turns out to be watchable after all, it is likely going to be cancelled after a few episodes and leave you pissed that you invested time with no payoff.

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“Law & Order: Los Angeles” (NBC), Wednesdays at 10 pm (ET)

Just when you think the “Law & Order” versions and spinoffs were dying out, another chapter begins. This volume is set in Los Angeles (in case you didn’t get that from the show’s title) and stars Alfred Molina, Skeet Ulrich, and Terrence Howard. If you were a fan of the sometimes boring original, you’ll probably be satisfied with this series.

“Blue Bloods” (CBS), Fridays at 10 pm (ET)

It’s a Friday night show, so you probably won’t be watching it anyway. If you do check it out, it stars Donnie Wahlberg (playing his 37th different television cop), Bridget Moynahan, Andrea Roth of “Rescue Me”, and TV dinosaur Tom Selleck. They’re cops and they do cop stuff that’s tame enough for a Friday night audience.

“Body of Proof” (ABC), Fridays at 9 pm (ET)

Dana Delany is a medical examiner who solves crimes by…sorry, I’ve already lost interest in whatever it was I was going to write.

“Chase” (NBC), Mondays at 10 pm (ET)

Cole Hauser is okay to watch and the lead chick (Kelli Giddish) is kinda’ hot. This show — also starring Jesse Metcalfe — is about US Marshals doing their thang across the country. It can be edgy at times, so this could warrant a checking out.

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