Picks and Pans Review: Sirens
ABC (Wednesdays, 10 p.m. ET)
This new series follows the home-and-away exploits of three female rookie cops in Pittsburgh. Jayne Brook (WIOU) plays a married former teacher's aide with a real phobia about violence. (Of course she gets beaten and bloodied on her first shift.) Adrienne-Joi Johnson plays a determined single mom, and Liza Snyder is a glib Desert Storm vet from a family of cops. The trio quickly plunges into a world of senseless acts of crime, violence and neglect. John Terlesky, Tim Thomerson and Deidre O'Connell costar.
The show strives for a Cops-style vérité, posting times on the screen (e.g., 3:51 p.m.) as the trio ride in their squad cars. But the plots also try to blend in personal melodrama and some comedic touches. The mix is unimaginative and uninvolving, although newcomer Snyder is a real find.
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