TELEVISION: SHED A TEAR, JOE FRIDAY

WITH KEN OLIN AS AN ETHICALLY CONFUSED COP, EZ STREETS IS THE BEST NEW DRAMA OF THE SEASON

As detective Cameron Quinn, the morally confounded hero of the new CBS drama EZ Streets (Wednesdays, 10 p.m. est) Ken Olin doesn't drive around in anything resembling the circa-1963 Volvo coupe he handled as thirtysomething's Michael Steadman. Portraying a man without Hope, or kids, or even a Cuisinart, Olin must tool about in a not-old-enough-to-be-hip Chevy Impala. The car is worn out, used up and just getting by. As such, it's the perfect metaphor for detective Quinn.

EZ Streets' creator Paul Haggis, a thirtysomething scribe during the show's early years, was initially reluctant to consider Olin for the new show but...

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