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Picks and Pans Review: Hunter

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NBC (Fridays, 9 p.m. ET)

Premiere: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 9 p.m. ET

Stephen J. Cannell created The A-Team, Riptide and Hardcastle and McCormick. Now comes another in his series of police-state shows. Hunter, played by Fred Dryer, is a cop who shoots first and never asks questions. Warrants, warning shots, Miranda—don’t bother him with those sissy civil rights. “The work I need to do is out on the street,” he growls to the police department shrink. “I don’t have enough time to come in here and answer your questions about whether I think my gun is a phallic symbol.” Hunter is just another excuse for chase scenes, bullets and macho bravado. That’s nothing new on TV. But what sets Cannell’s creations apart is their utter lack of quality: The lines are badly written, badly delivered and dull. The morals to the stories are too often immoral. The people who make these sorts of shows should have to spend a lonely night in a dark alley with the characters they create.