Hey TV.com, Should I Watch NYC 22?

By Tim Surette

Apr 13, 2012

Happy Friday, and welcome to the latest edition of "Hey TV.com, Should I Watch X?"—a helpful advice column that protects and serves by separating the must-sees from the "Ahhhh my eyes are bleeding from the awfulness of this show take it away take it away!" This time around, we've pre-screened the new CBS midseason entry NYC 22 to let you know if it's worth watching.

What's this show called again, and when is it on?

NYC 22 premieres Sunday, April 15 at 10pm on CBS.

What famous people are in it?

The biggest name here is Leelee Sobieski, whose career has been hit-or-miss after a big start. Adam Goldberg (The Unusuals, countless indie projects) also wears a shield in the ensemble cop drama. Rounding out the cast are Stark Sands, Judy Marte, Harold House Moore, and New York City. But really, Leelee Sobieski as a hard-nosed cop?

Who created the show?

This is author Richard Price's first television show. He wrote the book Clockers, which Spike Lee turned into a movie, and also conceptualized the music video for Michael Jackson's "Bad," according to Wikipedia. Robert De Niro—yes that one—is also on board, as producer.

So what's it about?

It's an ensemble cop drama following a handful of rookie beat officers as they protect and serve in Manhattan. There's a pretty blonde (Sobieski), a former NBA player returning to his hometown (Moore), an older guy getting a new start (Goldberg), a spicy Latina (Marte), a Pakistani guy dealing with racism both internally and externally (Tom Reed), and a golden boy (Sands). The show is advertised as a procedural, but it looks like it will follow its characters more than most of CBS's procedurals do.

Who is this show for?

This is pretty much a cop show for people who like safe dramas, but are ready to take one step up on the ladder of grittiness. That said, it's not exactly edgy, so it's going to skew a little older. Think Southland Lite or Rookie Blue without the Canadians.

So what's good about it?

There's a definite attempt to make some adult fare here and capture the realism of cops out on the beat. There's also great use of New York City as a character rather than just a backdrop.

What's not-so-good about it?

There's pretty much zero worthwhile character development in the pilot episode, so of the rookies come off as stock characters from a "Cop Shows 101" syllabus. The aforementioned grittiness is totally forced, so much so that it makes the show feel ungritty. And how about this dialogue from the tough captain: "I'm one heartbeat away from telling you to clean out your locker."

What do you say, TV.com? Watch or don't watch?

As the wise Easy-E once said, "F*** the police." The biggest problem with NYC 22 is that it doesn't stick out in any way, and our guess is that it won't get much better. If you're looking for a good cop show that does it right, check out TNT's Southland, which is superior to NYC 22 in every way.

Is there anything I should have on hand while watching?

Duh, donuts.

Let me see a trailer!

Okay, okay!

Do you think you'll be checking out NYC 22?

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  • BarryDalton Apr 17, 2012

    if you're a true TV junkie, you LOVE watching pilots.

    You don't need somebody to screen it for you. I know there's a lot more TV shows today, but there aren't THAT many.

    But after I got past your typically lame intro/premise, I enjoyed the article.

  • AdaHui Apr 17, 2012

    I actually liked the Pilot - much better than Rookie Blue, IMO.

  • ToddMurray Apr 17, 2012

    I was completely underwhelmed by the pilot. Bright spots were Sobieski and Goldberg, the rest... yawn.

  • h1nge Apr 16, 2012

    You can't give Leelee a hard time for being a hardnosed copy when you tolerate the nonsense that is the Rookie Blue cast. Andy is sleeping her way through the force and getting some of them in mortal danger, Gail is as effective as the squeeky one in Police Academy and don't get me started on the waif that is Epstein or the dude that wanders about dressed ready for a fashion parade. The only believable characters are Chris and the captain!

  • bluemystique Apr 16, 2012

    It's Rookie Blue until Rookie Blue comes back on. Just like the Rookster I'll watch just to watch, it's nice to have some mildy entertaining background stuff going on when I'm multitasking.

  • NadaAlAnbar Apr 16, 2012

    i won't waste my time with it.

  • indy2011 Apr 16, 2012

    Same here my time is important so I won't be wasting it. Can they not come up with something better or how about bring something back they've taken so many good shows off us.

  • BarryDalton Apr 18, 2012

    the fate of shows are not interconnected...shows are renewed or canceled based on purely business decisions...not always correct business decisions...but if a bad show is successful and a good show does not get the ratings it needs to stay viable, there is no "cause and effect" because there are plenty of hours in the day and all over cable to accommodate a great show that has a reasonable budget and guaranteed return on investment

  • mrivera Apr 16, 2012

    I'll give it a try for 2-3 episodes. But if it turns out to be yet another procedural about a racially diverse team of cops and detectives versus a set of killers who always turn out to be white males, I'm shutting it off. I'm fed up with the PC racial pandering in shows like this.

  • TrevPlatt Apr 15, 2012

    Whilst reading this I kept thinking, like many before me, that NYC 22 sounds like an american version Rookie Blue. I love Rookie Blue and Southland and I just can't see how NYC 22 can top either of those shows. I'll probably check out the pilot, but ideally this would be on when Rookie Blue isn't, so it's got six weeks to impress me before Missy Peregrym is back. Good luck NYC 22, though I fear you're fighting a battle you just can't win.

  • KIngsfan95821 Apr 15, 2012

    i watch rookie blues....why do i want to watch another rookie cop show...can come up with something different these days which isnt related to sloving crime..

  • Liria Apr 15, 2012

    Probably not, I don't like Southland or Rookie Blue...

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