Picks and Pans Review: Cop Talk: Behind the Shield
Syndicated (Sat., June 10, check local listings)
Ex-New York cop Sonny Grosso—he and partner Eddie Egan broke the French Connection heroin case in the '60s—moderates this series about the frequent frustrations and occasional rewards of police work. Grosso's informal manner and attire (jeans and sport coat) give the program an unpolished honesty.
The show allows cops to talk candidly about the everyday hassles and dangers of their jobs with a narrator who has been there. Each week a single topic is intelligently explored without talk show sensationalism. A previous episode about partners included a female cop's chilling story of how her male partner was shot to death while they were on duty. This week's lively subject is "Real to Reel," in which cops, actors, authors and directors discuss Hollywood's portrayal of policemen. Guests include George Segal, William Friedkin (who directed The French Connection) and author Robert Daley, who denounces director Michael Cimino's film of Daley's novel, Year of the Dragon.
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