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How To Build A Detective Show

Date January 17, 2012
How To Build A Detective Show

Audiences are automatically inclined to feel a separation between themselves and law enforcement, even on TV, so giving on-screen cops and detectives real-world problems helps to instantly evaporate any disconnect. "The Shield" had some of the most flawed cops in the business and L.A.'s finest on "Southland" aren't exactly perfect either. The worst of Dr. John Cooper's (Michael Cudlitz) addiction to pain meds might be behind him, but that doesn't mean he'll ever be perfect.

Audiences are automatically inclined to feel a separation between themselves and law enforcement, even on TV, so giving on-screen cops and detectives real-world problems helps to instantly evaporate any disconnect. "The Shield" had some of the most flawed cops in the business and L.A.'s finest on "Southland" aren't exactly perfect either. The worst of Dr. John Cooper's (Michael Cudlitz) addiction to pain meds might be behind him, but that doesn't mean he'll ever be perfect.

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