Turf War

The new drug-lord drama Kingpin aims to be NBC's Sopranos, but it will take more than blood and guns

Last fall, network TV finally broke the bulls___ barrier: ABC's NYPD Blue got network permission to use the standard vulgarity for cattle feces. And a remarkable thing happened--or rather, didn't. Local affiliates were not deluged with angry calls. ABC did not lose millions of dollars of advertising. The move practically begged for the eternal question, "Has TV gone too far?" Instead, millions of viewers quietly concluded that, no, TV had gone just the right amount.

NBC's new gangster drama, Kingpin (Sundays and Tuesdays, 10 p.m. E.T., debuting Feb. 2), takes a lot of supposed risks: its depiction of drug use, its...

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