Short Takes: Mar. 8, 1993

TELEVISION

Putting the Cops On the Couch

"I WAS HOPING THAT YOU MIGHT BE willing to discuss your feelings about the Kronauer case." Nothing is irredeemable, but any cop show that begins with a line like that is in deep trouble. CRIME & PUNISHMENT, a new NBC series from Dick Wolf (Law & Order), introduces perhaps the worst gimmick of the season: each week's account of a crime and its subsequent investigation is interrupted by "interviews" with the key participants, conducted by an unseen questioner who sounds like a cross between smarmy therapist and Grand Inquisitor. The show is an odd...

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