99 Words About ... The death of cop shows


The epic awesomeness of "The Shield" may have ruined an entire genre.

Overlooked amid last week's benching of "Community," and the furor of its small-but-discerning fan base, was the demise of NBC's "Prime Suspect."

In a year that also saw the cancellations of ABC's "Detroit 1-8-7" and Fox's "The Chicago Code," the traditional cop show can't get arrested.

"Blue Bloods"? Family drama.

"Castle"? Will-they-or-won't-they romance.

"Hawaii Five-0"? Sun-drenched mayhem.

"The Mentalist" and "Unforgettable"? Freaky-brained character studies.

For straight-up policing, you're mostly left with TNT, its expiring "The Closer" and "Southland," which, coming full circle, also was dumped by NBC.

-- CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE

 

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