January 25, 1999 12:00 PM

CBS (Thursdays, 9 p.m. ET)

This new cop series has an earnest competence that’s not to be dismissed, but it may leave you with that “been there, seen that” feeling. The reliable William Devane (Knots Landing) stars as Joe Turk, a Chicago police sergeant with two sons who are straight-arrow cops (David Cubitt as Mike and Matthew John Armstrong as Joey) and another (Michael Muhney as Paul) with gambling debts and unsavory associations. In the Jan. 21 pilot, Joey sees Paul fleeing a burglary scene, setting up a plotline that is resolved unconvincingly in the second episode. Meanwhile, patriarch Joe (so upright that he admonishes a politician to pay a parking ticket) contemplates an adulterous affair with the comely waitress (Ashley Crow) at the cops’ favorite bar. What’s a guy to do when his chilly wife (Helen Carey) hasn’t been in the mood for sex in over two years? The cast is solid, but the police drama seems tame compared with the likes of NYPD Blue. Turks could use more of Chicago’s rough textures and fewer postcard shots of the cityscape.

Bottom Line: Needs more than good acting to stand out from the cop crowd

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