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?
Let me see a trailer!
Do you think you'll be checking out NYC 22?