Television: Scaring the Suburbs

The maker of CSI bets on picket-fence felons in Close to Home, about a crime-busting new mom

From TV news producers to politicians to home-security companies, few people have ever gone broke overestimating the fears of extremely unthreatened Americans. And producer Jerry Bruckheimer is not a man who is fond of going broke. He nearly singlehandedly made CBS No. 1 with his CSI franchise and its crime-story satellites. His track record in other genres is spotty--this season, the middling WB buddy-lawyer show Just Legal and NBC's Pentagon snooze E-Ring--but in cop procedurals, he has gone five for five. That tingle in your chest when you see Anthony LaPaglia race to find a missing child on Without a Trace? That's...

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