Post by gatorhokie on Apr 13, 2006 15:59:30 GMT -5
I saw in the mailbag that it went on hiatus. The ratings for that show have been terrible. It has been drawing less than 6 million viewers and finishing a very distant 3rd to CBS Close to Home and NBC's Las Vegas.
There's been a glut of cop/court/ forensics shows lately, and the shakeout is beginning, same as it did when the swarm of alien invader shows reached the saturation point. The same thing has happened ever since TV began. Game shows...Westerns...Doctors...first generation of cop shows...all have undergone purges as the public settled upon just a few shows of a given genre. It's called "Survival Of The Fittest".
the few times i watched it i found it to be entertaining if not a bit preachy- it was clearly a message show...buried in the crime show glut- maybe it was just a victim of the glut.... or maybe viewers just didnt want to get that particular message
As a former cop, I'm highly critical of police/forensics shows. The original "Law & Order" is the closest to police/forensics reality to me. I noted the lack of violent arrests, the dealmaking between prosecuters and defense attorneys, the divergence among judges' opinions, the methods the cops use to milk info from reluctant witnesses.
Actual police work is generally too dull to make good TV drama, but L&O does OK, with almost every episode being a self-contained story. Also, the fact that each story imitates a real headline-maker doesn't hurt.
I agree that "In justice" wasn't bad, but I believe the ratings bug has stung again.