Picks and Pans Review: Philly Heat
It's the season of castaways, when the network schedules are littered with failed pilots. One of the most viable is this drama starring Peter Boyle as the new commander of Philadelphia's busiest firehouse. He must fight for the respect of his firefighters, who are still mourning the incapacitation of his predecessor (in a fire, of course).
Ving Rhames is the philosopher of the bunch; Tate Donovan is the wiseacre; Adam Trese, the smoldering, self-destructive hunk. Slices of their social and professional lives are punctuated by heroic sequences. It's ER with hoses. That similarity is reinforced by the special appearance of ER's Julianna Margulies as a nurse in a hospital burn unit. Unfortunately the action scenes aren't exactly five alarm.