Picks and Pans Review: Thief

UPDATED 04/10/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 04/10/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT

FX (Tuesdays, 10 p.m. ET)

DRAMA

Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life on the Street) has the right grim inscrutability to play the leader of a professional but by no means flawless gang of thieves. His facial expression typically reads as both deadpan and alert to surprise. In this short-run series, which concludes May 2, some careless improvisation in wrapping up one heist has ticked off another gang, a Chinese one, and now those criminals are chasing down Braugher's band of thieves as they try to set up their next big score. This is all well done, and it's a great-looking production, but the weight of the drama keeps tugging toward a side plot about Braugher's 14-year-old stepdaughter. She's witnessed more of the gang's operations than might be good for her. In the opening episodes, the growing suspense over the fate of this girl is a bit creepy.

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