Picks and Pans Review: The Division
Lifetime (Sundays, 9 p.m. ET)
Cop No. 1, who has lots of street experience, takes an instant dislike to Cop No. 2, who has a desk-job background. Right on cue, Cop No. 2 reveals, "I'm your new partner." With this scene in the Jan. 7 premiere, The Division took a bold stand for the right of women to utter the same clichés men have been mouthing ever since police drama became one of TV's most reliable time-fillers.
Bonnie Bedelia—an actress who deserves lines far better than "A year in the state pen is a long time"—stars as Kate McCafferty, the captain of a San Francisco inspector squad that includes no-nonsense Candace "CD." De Lorenzo (Tracey Needham), brainy perfectionist Angela Reide (Lela Rochon Fuqua), single mother Magdalena Ramirez (Lisa Vidal) and promiscuous maverick Jinny Exstead (Nancy McKeon). The series finally comes up with an involving plotline in the Jan. 21 episode, when all five principals concentrate on the case of a kidnapped baby. But there's nothing in the least unusual here, except that these cops discuss such topics as breast size from a female perspective.
Bottom Line: Routine police work
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