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Preview CBS' New Harlem-Set Crime Drama "NY 22"

by Courtney
April 5, 2012 2:58 PM
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Somehow we missed this. I couldn't find any past posts announcing it, so this is probably the first.

There's a new copr drama series coming to CBS titled NY 22, which "follows 6 diverse NYPD rookies as they patrol the gritty streets of upper Manhattan" - which, for those of you who don't live in NY, translates to the black Mecca known as Harlem.

Here's more detail from CBS:

The new trainees include Jennifer "White House" Perry, a former college volleyball star and Marine MP in Iraq with a take-charge attitude; Ray "Lazarus" Harper, the oldest rookie and a former police news reporter with better sources than most seasoned cops; Tonya Sanchez, who comes from a family with a criminal history; Ahmad Kahn, an Afghani native who fought his way to freedom; Kenny McClaren, a fourth-generation police officer with great instincts but qualms about joining the force; and Jayson "Jackpot" Toney, a young basketball legend who squandered his opportunity in the NBA. Their demanding Field Training Officer, Daniel "Yoda" Dean, is a case-hardened, unsentimental veteran of the force who emphasizes basics and holds each cop accountable for their actions. Rounding out the team is Sergeant Terry Howard, a no-nonsense plainclothes officer from the Gang Intel Unit, who trains the rookies on how to keep the gangbangers at bay. With unique backgrounds, personalities and reasons for being on the force, the new cops will make their share of rookie mistakes while they figure out how to relate to their boss, each other and the people they swore to protect. 

Comparisons to The Wire are probably going to happen, if they haven't happened already. And that shouldn't surprise since the creator of this new series, author/screenwriter Richard Price, wrote for The Wire, and also penned Clockers.

Somewhat to his credit, Mr. Price lives in the rapidly-changing Harlem, which maybe can't quite be considered the black Mecca it once was known to be, especially starting around the Harlem Renaissance. In an interview with the NY Times about the new show, it's noted that Price made Harlem "an important element of the show, drawing creative fuel from its churning mix of longtime residents and gentrifiers, families and hoodlums, cultural landmarks and upstart bistros."

The juxtapositions are just so wild around here,” Price said.

By the way, New Yorker Robert De Niro and his Tribeca Productions are executive producing the series, along with Ken Sanzel, a former detective with the New York Transit Police.

Ny 22 premieres on Sunday April 15th on CBS at 10/9c; amongst its ensemble cast are Harold House Moore (Single LadiesTyler Perry’s House of Payne) who looks to be the only African American in the starring cast; Adam Goldberg, Leelee Sobieski, Stark Sands, Judy Marte, Terry Kinney and Felix Solis round things up.

Watch a preview of the series below:

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  • moreno | April 6, 2012 11:12 AMReply

    Why am i only seeing one BLACK cop in Harlem??? Not watching on that alone.... Are there other Black cast members??

  • abby | April 6, 2012 2:01 PM

    In the starring cast there is one black guy, one latino chick, and one arab dude... the supporting cast is practically all black...

    I'll watch and reserve my judgement for then, but with Richard Price writing, I expect hotness.

  • Angela | April 6, 2012 8:48 AMReply

    I was annoyed when I saw them on my block in Harlem shooting and I'm sure I'm going to be equally if not more annoyed watching this mess.

  • Lou | August 26, 2012 7:00 PM

    Why mess? I used to live in San Francisco in the 70's and I loved when they shoot near by "the streets of San Francisco" .
    NY22 I like a lot

  • sandra | April 5, 2012 6:56 PMReply

    What CHERISH said... AND this show is totally unneccessary!

  • Akimbo | April 5, 2012 6:33 PMReply

    I like Adam Goldberg, hate Leelee Sobieski. It's a wash. Also, I got a little geeked because I saw "Harlem" and assumed it would take place in the Renaissance. Silly me.

  • Curtis | April 5, 2012 5:52 PMReply

    Glad to see you post this Courtney. Two mentions of it in one afternoon! It hasn't been hidden though as it, as Courtney mentioned, is produced by DeNiro's company, and also had a pilot ordered since early last year, has been shooting in NYC for sometime with a lot of known local actors in supporting and recurring roles, and has had a lot of teasing because of it's various name changes ('The 2-2' and another one that I don't recall). And the TV spots started running last week. Will it be good? That's another question, but there's always room for another well done show...and at least its replacing CSI: Miami (for now). But will people watch this over Mad Men? Hmm....

  • Cherish | April 5, 2012 5:39 PMReply

    Just what TV needs - another cop show. Cop shows like this indoctrinate the public to make them more accepting of a police state. Cops are shown to be more ethical and smarter than most really are.

  • BluTopaz | April 6, 2012 10:42 PM

    What ya'll said. At this point i think a show about crooked cops getting their comeuppance might be a hit with people tired of real life horrible police getting away with everything.

  • Renoir422 | April 6, 2012 11:04 AM

    CO-SIGN, I'm numb to all the police procedurals on network tv.
    No amount of smart writing will normalize the police state
    and its collusion with the prison industrial complex.

  • Emmanuel | April 5, 2012 5:30 PMReply

    We missed it . . . or CBS hid it from us. I never heard ANYTHING about this.

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