CBS (ended 1996)
|Tracy was a nice girl, but she was NEVER a replacement for Schanke. |
Despite how hard they tried, Season 3's chemistry was completely gone for one reason ... the loss of Schanke. The show was never the same after his death. The show can live on without Janette imo, but Schanke's loss hurt the series for the rest of it's run.
Yep, it sounds like something USA would do. Change it up and make it "sexier" with a relationship with a blonde lady and a young guy, that way it would be more like their programs such as Silk Stalkings. I read that the networkwanted to get rid of both Janette and Natalie since they weren't attractive enough. The actress playing Janette did leave but Geraintsaid he would leave the series if Natalie was cut from the show. The love between Natalie and Nick was a big driving force in the series was that relationship so it would've been dead from the beginning if that were to happen. I guess USA tried to get the sex appeal they wanted with Vachon and Tracy, ultimately killing the series.
|I'm in to season 3 now. I miss Schanke. I hate his new partner and the lame vampire love subplot she has going. There really is no chemistry between them. Not like Nick and Schanke, who played off each other very well.|
|Tracy was a nice girl, but she was NEVER a replacement for Schanke. Despite how hard they tried, Season 3's chemistry was completely gone for one reason ... the loss of Schanke. The show was never the same after his death. The show can live on without Janette imo, but Schanke's loss hurt the series for the rest of it's run.|
Gotta disagree especially about Janette, her intimacy with Nick was a big part of the show and how the writers wrote her off as just "leaving" was idiotic since she was Nick on and off again lover. Totally unrealistic. That was huge. Schanke on the other hand, I love the guy but he was used a lot for comic humor. He was a good parter but his loss I feel wasn't as big as Janette. They did hint before this on other episodes at Schanke's desire to leave and there was tension between him and Nick. I still felt quality wise certain episode were as good as the first two sesaon (Blackwing, Blind Faith were awesome episode not to mention very touching).
I eventually grew to really love ol' Schanke. When I first started watching this show I was completely turned off by what I thought was a crude, insensitive and uncouth police detective. However, as the series progressed I became much fonder of that rascal, especially after the episode in which a deranged former police academy washout was stalking him. That was when I realized this character really had an inner strength and resolve that his coarse exterior could not conceal. After that episode I became a solid "Schanke-ite." One can only imagine my extreme disappointment when USA took over the show for the third (and final) season and dropped his character. I guess the suits at USA figured that tinkering with a winner by injecting form (T&A) over substance (gritty detective) would result in top ratings. What a shame; they were so, so wrong. Jim UPDATE--If you'd like a pleasant surprise, and if you have access to "Miami Vice," check out Season 1's 12th episode, "Milk Run." Our old friend Schanke plays the role of a sleazy lawyer who gets dirtbag drug dealers off the hook.
I loved Schanke. He was comic relief, but he was also a loyal partner and a dedicated cop, and I was disappointed when he was killed off along with Cohen. However, it did set up a very intense start to season 3.
Having said all that, I did not mind Tracey either. it was all good to me...