Cop shows. I swear. American TV never gets tired of them. Cop shows about veteran cops. About burned out cops. About brilliant cops. Rookie cops. Undercover cops. I’m pretty sure every type of cop show that can possibly be done has been done at least a few hundred times in just the last 30 years on network and cable TV shows.
So … here’s another one about rookie cops called “NYC 22”. This one, though, looks promising. Hell, it looks about a gazillion times better than ABC’s horrendous “Rookie Blue”, which is quite possibly the most disgustingly awful show about “cops” on TV ever made. Really, what passes for writing, acting, and directing on that thing is a crime against humanity. The fact that it’s currently in its third season while I only got one measly season of “Detroit 187” leaves me flabbergasted. Thanks for nothing, ABC, you buncha tasteless twits.
Anyhoo. “NYC 22” certainly has a fine pedigree. It’s from Richard Price (“Clockers”, “The Wire”), and boasts executive producer credit by Robert De Niro.
From Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal comes NYC 22, which follows six diverse NYPD rookies as they patrol the gritty streets of upper Manhattan. The new trainees include Jennifer “White House” Perry, a former college volleyball star and Marine MP in Iraq with a take-charge attitude; Ray “Lazarus” Harper, the oldest rookie and a former police news reporter with better sources than most seasoned cops; Tonya Sanchez, who comes from a family with a criminal history; Ahmad Kahn, an Afghani native who fought his way to freedom; Kenny McClaren, a fourth-generation police officer with great instincts but qualms about joining the force; and Jayson “Jackpot Toney,” a young basketball legend who squandered his opportunity in the NBA. Their demanding Field Training Officer, Daniel “Yoda” Dean, is a case-hardened, unsentimental veteran of the force who emphasizes basics and holds each cop accountable for their actions. Rounding out the team is Sergeant Terry Howard, a no-nonsense plainclothes officer from the Gang Intel Unit, who trains the rookies on how to keep the gangbangers at bay. With unique backgrounds, personalities and reasons for being on the force, the new cops will make their share of rookie mistakes while they figure out how to relate to their boss, each other and the people they swore to protect.
The cast includes Terry Kinney, Adam Goldberg, Leelee Sobieski, Stark Sands, Judy Marte, Harold “House” Moore, Tom Reed and Felix Solis.
I gotta admit, Leelee Sobieski as a tough former MP turned cop sounds pretty ridiculous on paper, but I’ll be damn if she doesn’t kill in this first promo for the show. “NYC 22” debuts April 15th on CBS with a pilot directed by James Mangold (“Knight and Day”, “Copland”).
Via : EW