Hey TV.com, Should I Watch NYC 22?

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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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.
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I actually liked the Pilot - much better than Rookie Blue, IMO.
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I was completely underwhelmed by the pilot. Bright spots were Sobieski and Goldberg, the rest... yawn.
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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!
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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.
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i won't waste my time with it.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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..
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Probably not, I don't like Southland or Rookie Blue...
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Wow, this IS Rookie Blue with different casting. I choose Missy Peregrym and Rookie Blue. Pass on the weak copycat.
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sounds alot like ABC's ROOKIE!
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Adam Goldberg's character being an older guy who was a crime beat journalist (something not mentioned in this article but during a talk show interview) sounded compelling to me enough that if it alone had been a show's main hook I'd watch that show; but as another player in a rather dull-sounding cop rookies show, I don't think I can get into it and won't bother with this one. Honestly, regular cop shows are kinda snore-fests lately since we've had a lot of "wicked cops", "cops working with lawyers", "sex crimes cops", "CSI cops", "undercover cops", "ultra-realistic cops" and such over the last decade, so regular cop shows need really strong visions (especially the extra-boring rookie shows with a million rookie cliches) to get past the boringness of it, and I don't think this show looks to have that.
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I have given up trying to predict shows or movies from just a pilot or a trailer.

If this is anywhere as good as Rookie Blue AM IN!!!!
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A few nights ago, I went to bed very troubled. I couldn't sleep. I tossed. I turned. I stared at the ceiling. I counted sheep. I counted cows. I counted mutant sheep-cow hybrids. To no avail.....



It took me time to realize what was bothering me so....but then it hit me like a ton of bricks!!--"There aren't enough police procedurals on tv--someone has to do something!!!" I found myself saying out loud. After that revelation, my head melted into my pillow and I was sound asleep..... The next morning, I urgently wrote to my local congressman/women, influential senators, Oprah, and every important tv exec in the business. Luckily, my prayers have been answered. (Thank you Oprah!!) The moral of this story is quite obvious--there is no such thing as too many police procedurals on television..



**(Editor's note: If you are still reading at this point, you probably have a sense of humor. but just in case you are slightly petarted, this was tongue in cheek.)
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I like cop shows. I'll give the premiere a try.
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No you should watch Rookie Blue because its the same concept but actually good. You trashed it earlier in your "crap on ABC this summer" article so the least you could do is watch it and see that it is a great show
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i really like that show this new one is a copy cat
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I rather watch Rookie Blue, thank you very much.
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"Death Valley" is the best new cop show. It's the only one I watch.

After 7 seasons of the superior "The Shield", Werewolves,Zombies and Vampires are needed to catch my attention.
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Sounds like a wannabe Rookie Blue.
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ANOTHER cop show? I think I'll pass on this one also.
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Hey dont knock them, I'll take a good cop show anyday over Vampire,Werewoves and such!
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It looks like a an Americanized Rookie Blue, However I pretty much love LeeLee like Price loves Caroline the vampire so I will check it out.
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After reading the comments, I think I might just watch Rookie Blue instead :)
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No, I can't think of a single reason why I should watch this show. But it was fun reading through this because by taking a little contextual licence you get:



'...(Sobieski), a former NBA player...'



Wouldn't that be a fun premise to pull off.
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The premise pretty much sounds like Rookie Blue, which is already a great show. Even though I usually have a soft spot for cop dramas and procedurals (no idea why), probably not gonna tune in.
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Rookie Blue without Missy Peregrym or Charlotte Sullivan. Why would I even bother?
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Ya I couldn't help feeling that this was really just a Rookie Blue rip-off.
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Exactly what I was thinking... cheap Rookie Blue rip-off set in NYC.
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Did I spot Major Rawls? Or am I just seeing what I want to see?
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The only good in this show is Leelee Sobieski I guess, anything else?
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No I will not be watching it. I feel like it's a poor-man's version of the better, and as you aptly point out CANADIAN, "Rookie Blue" which I feel is a good portrayal of "what really goes on behind the scenes of police departments" (not that I have any experience or knowledge to base that opinion on...). I like many of the actors and actresses that are set to star in the show, but they do not make me want to watch the show any more than I already would (or not).
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you seem to forget that Southland was originally on NBC, NYC 22 looks stupid so its a pass
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I still have no idea if I'm going to watch this or not. I'll probaabblyyy give the premiere a try, but it sounds pretty boring.
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Meh, another cop show ... Probably won't watch it. I am really full.
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