Rookie Blue

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Summer TV Review: ABC's Ghoul-ash of New Drama

Virgina Madsen (Scoundrels) and Rhona Mitra (The Gates)

It's no longer news that summer is among TV's busiest seasons — but this year, cable is getting more competition than usual with scripted fare from the networks. The difference being that cable channels (USA, FX, TNT, Syfy, ABC Family and the pay giants, to name a few) tend to put their best foot forward with critically championed signature shows. The networks? Not so much.

Still, ABC is going unusually gung-ho, launching three new dramas of varying quality and distinction within a single week. Its Sunday combo of the whimsical Scoundrels and the sinister The Gates at least aims for something a bit different, while Thursday's Rookie Blue misfires with a tired arsenal of generic cop-show clichés.

Rookie doesn't try hard enough to stand out, while the Sunday shows may be guilty of trying a bit too hard... read more

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Premiered: June 24, 2010, on ABC
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: Five ambitious rookie police officers adjust to the job and the life.

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