Street Time

Showtime, Sundays, 10 p.m. E.T.

Showtime has paying viewers. It has the freedom to show naughty bits. So where is its Sopranos? Not here, though this grim look at parolees and their watchers tries. Scott Cohen (Gilmore Girls' cuddly Mr. Medina) shows some edge as a controlling parole officer, and guest star Red Buttons shines as a mobster in a who's-controlling-whom relationship with Cohen. But the writing is flat--like the clumsily topical terrorism subplot--and co-star Rob Morrow, as an ex-drug dealer trying to avoid the thug life, makes the least convincing felon since Gene Wilder in Stir Crazy. Give Street Time probation, but not yet approbation....

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