Picks and Pans Review: Cold Case

UPDATED 10/06/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/06/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Sundays, 8 p.m. ET)

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Following up on his success with CSI, CSI: Miami and Without a Trace, executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer goes for another surefire crime formula with this series centering on Lilly Rush (Kathryn Morris from Minority Report), a crusading Philadelphia cop who cracks unsolved cases from the past.

The flashbacks are effective, at times almost surreally so. Morris conveys Lilly's dedication but smiles just often enough to keep the character from coming across as the grimly determined type. In short, Cold Case should be money in the bank for CBS. But the Sept. 28 premiere suffers from a predictable murder plot—with echoes of the Martha Moxley-Michael Skakel story—and an overly arty climactic sequence that belongs in a music video, not a police drama.

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