As the new television season begins, I can't help wondering whether this will be the year when somebody on NYPD Blue gets to go to trial. In the past, a malefactor who's brought into the station house by detectives on that program ends up confessing. Anyone who wants his day in court has to get arrested by detectives from Law & Order.

On Law & Order, in fact, a trial is practically de rigueur. Imagine what would happen if a career criminal who's used to being picked up by NYPD Blue gets busted by the Law & Order detectives instead. I...

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