Picks and Pans Review: Life

updated 10/29/2007 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/29/2007 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC, Wednesdays, 10 p.m. ET

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Life tries to shake up the crime procedural; instead it's just business as usual. An L.A. cop (Damian Lewis), exonerated after serving 12 years for murder, returns to the force to solve crimes (his secret to success: tilt head and stage-whisper dramatically) and hunt down the real killer. Hugh Laurie clone Lewis (Band of Brothers) is oddly compelling, but the most recent episodes have shifted focus to his dull caseload, which is anything but.

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