Picks and Pans Review: Thursday, January 26
MICKEY SPILLANE'S MIKE HAMMER
CBS (9-11 p.m. ET)
As fans of Mickey Spillane's novels know, his fictional detective, Mike Hammer, is no upper-crust sleuth out of the Sherlock Holmes mold. The two-fisted Hammer wears an undershirt in his office and thinks of women only as "broads." In this gritty and promising series, Stacy Keach effectively conveys the "hard-boiled" qualities of Hammer and throws in a few touches from detective movies of the '40s, such as The Maltese Falcon and Murder, My Sweet. In the debut episode Hammer sets out to clear the name of a policeman friend (Don Stroud) framed by cocaine dealers who planted drugs in his car. Along the way Hammer runs into a lot of bad guys—and broads. Sporting a mustache and a felt hat, Keach creates a cynical but surprisingly decent Hammer. If you can overlook the sexist view of women—and it's not easy to do, because sex objects are everywhere, especially Hammer's incredibly busty secretary, played by Lindsay (The Dukes of Hazzard) Bloom—this is a good yarn. (Premiere)
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