Video: Crime Pays in Prime Time

Guns and glitz highlight a play-it-safe season

Doctors and lawyers come and go, sitcoms have hit the skids, and one day even Joan Collins may be just another question in Trivial Pursuit. But in the world of TV programming, crime nearly always pays. That axiom seems to be the watchword as the networks prepare to unveil their new shows for the coming season. At a time when cable and home-video recorders are luring more and more viewers away from traditional network fare, the Big Three are responding by playing it safe−and nothing is safer than cops-and-robbers. Eight of the 22 new...

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