NYC 22: Just Another Ordinary Cop Show… And That’s Okay

by Ethan Alter April 16, 2012 6:00 am
<i>NYC 22</i>: Just Another Ordinary Cop Show… And That’s Okay

CBS' latest police procedural, NYC 22, which is centered around a freshman class of rookie cops at the titular New York precinct, sports plenty of prestigious names above the title. For starters, the show was created by novelist and screenwriter, Richard Price (author of one of the best crime novels -- and Spike Lee movies -- ever, Clockers) and produced by New York lifers Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal. The ensemble cast, meanwhile, includes such recognizable faces as Adam Goldberg, Leelee Sobieski, Felix Solis and, best of all, Oz's Terry Kinney. So what do you get when you package all that talent together? As it turns out, a fairly ordinary New York-set cop show. But in this case, ordinary is totally okay, because what NYC 22 lacks in groundbreaking storylines and characterizations, it makes up for in basic meat-and-potatoes storytelling gravitas. That may not sound like much, but compared to the sheer laziness on display in certain other CBS procedurals (we're looking you Unmemorable... uh, we mean Unforgettable), it's enough to make NYC 22 worth checking out if you're at all a fan of the genre.

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