Color me perverse, but I miss Scott Cohen as NYPD Blue's Harry Denby that drug-addled, crooked cop who just couldn't stop obsessing over Det. Diane Russell (Kim Delaney). With Delaney busy on Philly these days, Cohen's unlikely to re-infest Blue anytime soon. If you can wait until summer, though, you'll catch him playing a similar slime on Showtime's Street Time.
Clearly inspired by HBO's success with its prison drama Oz, Street Time finds Cohen playing the shady parole officer to ex-convict Rob Morrow Northern Exposure). "In essence, he's good, which is different from Harry Denby who was bad," the actor winks to TV Guide Online. "What interests me in any character is someone who's troubled, confused, fighting demons. That's what I love to do.
"We'll see what happens when I have to play him every week," Cohen adds. "I'm sure I'll get tired very quickly. With these kinds of roles, emotionally you're a waste; you're a basket case. You don't know exactly what's real and what's not. The trick is to remember that your character may be pathological, but you are not!"
Speaking facetiously, Cohen calls those kooky criminal turns "slightly different" from playing Lorelai's still-smitten ex-fiancé, Max Medina, on Gilmore Girls
. And here's a scoop, Gilmore
fans: Though he was rejected, don't count out Max just yet! "They actually have been asking me to try and come back for some stuff," Cohen reveals. "So I don't know what's going to happen. It has to do with [scheduling] time."