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Picks and Pans Review: Ez Streets

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CBS (Sun., Oct. 27, 9 p.m. ET); then Wednesdays (10 p.m. ET)

A+

Move over, Steven Bochco; there’s a new TV genius on the block. Paul Haggis (Due South, thirtysomething) has created, directed and produced this stylish drama series that pairs Ken Olin—who now resembles Bruce Willis more than he does Michael Steadman, the yuppie he played on ABC’s thirty something—as a troubled, questing police detective, with Jason Gedrick (Murder One) as a lonely ex-con who was imprisoned for a robbery he didn’t commit.

The most innovative show of the season, EZ Streets has plenty of action and some scenes of shocking violence, but Haggis’s vision is brilliant TV-noir (think Chinatown or The Usual Suspects), complete with murky urban settings, a haunting score, suave sociopaths and even a slumming femme fatale.

From the mysterious opening shots of the waterfront to the menacing shadows of police helicopters, the mean streets of its nameless northern city are a mythic locale, where, as a corrupt cop (Rod Steiger) declares, “You can only be betrayed by people you trust.” An instant classic.