CBS, Sundays, 10 p.m. ET/PT | 2½ stars
This Harlem-set cop show was created by novelist Richard Price (Clockers) and lists Robert De Niro as an executive producer, so you expect something with jolting urban grit. Instead it’s a well-done, somewhat sleepy ensemble drama about newbies on patrol. While any show with Adam Goldberg and Leelee Sobieski in the cast has some rich opportunities, I wish Maria Bello could be resurrected from Prime Suspect, cockamamy fedora and all, to put a distinct stamp on this still unformed group.
The L.A. Complex
CW, Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET/PT | 1 star
This blah drama about kids living in an L.A. apartment complex while hustling for big breaks is a Canadian import. That explains why many of the wannabes hail from the land that brought us Sandra Oh and Mike Myers, although I don’t see their like here. Then again, the crises-auditions, rejections-aren’t delivered with any novel detail, so it probably wouldn’t matter if everyone were Estonian. It’s Melrose Place in Esperanto.
My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding
TLC, April 29, 10 p.m. ET/PT | 3 stars
TLC, having brought us the British My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, now examines the courtship and wedding rituals of American gypsy communities-in particular the Romnichal, who came from England in the 1800s. The show is gentle, winning and sympathetic. A designer describes the girls as wanting “the biggest dress they can get with the most bling,” but the gowns can’t be faulted for tackiness. They’re practically the only romantic bloom allowed in a culture that discourages young women from kissing boys-but marries them off in a hurry.