Coby Bell by K.C. Bailey/NBC
After years of patiently waiting, Third Watch has finally entered the DVD universe! In celebration of this weeks first-season release, I stole some time with Officer Ty Davis himself, Coby Bell, to talk about shooting the show, cracking up his on-screen sidekick and what took so damn long!According to my research, you were the only actor on the show who appeared in every episode. Oh wow. Was I? [Laughs] I didnt know that.Says you also did really well on a Third Watch edition of The Weakest Link? I do remember that. And I surprised myself. [Laughs] It was members of the cast and [series creator] Ed Bernero did it, too. I kept looking over at my wife and was just pulling these answers out of my ass. Honestly, I didnt know where they were coming from! [Laughs]How was it filming the show in New York? It was so early in my career. I mean, I graduated college in 97. I was in this show called L.A. Doctors in 98, which only lasted a season. Then that pilot seas...
Third Watch Season 1 courtesy Warner Home Video
They patrol the streets, rush into burning buildings, and save lives - they're the men and women of the third watch. From John Wells (ER, The West Wing) comes this action-packed drama that tells the stories of the police, paramedics and firefighters who work to keep the streets of New York City safe. Catch all 22 episodes of the first season on 6 discs, and go behind-the-scenes of the show with "The Nights of Camelot," featuring interviews with the series creators and cast members, and a gag reel. Gord LaceyBuy Third Watch: The Complete First Season on Amazon.com
Question: I wrote you a few years ago about Monk's second season, which was fairly awful, but the show has been incredible ever since. (I'm thinking my complaint made the difference). Now I'm writing because I'm a huge TV fan, and I know a good show when I see it — and Life is it. I DVR everything, and when I have the time, I start with the best shows and go from there. Life has become my first watch. For the other TV fans out there, some of my old faves are NYPD Blue, Boomtown, Third Watch and The Wire. I've been blown away by Damian Lewis and the quality of Life. I cannot handle this show being canceled, so I hope that everyone gives it a chance. We're talking about a lovable hero who was wronged and is trying to set things right while being a Monk-ishly brilliant detective and solving very interesting crimes. And the 12 years he spent in prison gave him a hard yet Zen-like attitude. Add Adam Arkin and Brooke Langton, and we're talking a must-see show.
Answer: As I noted in my Dispatch
The Wire: The Complete Fourth Season has been set for a Dec. 4 DVD release date. Other sets to keep an eye out for: One Tree Hill: The Complete Fourth Season (streeting Dec. 18); The New Adventures of Old Christine: The Complete First Season (Jan. 15, 2008); and Third Watch: The Complete First Season (Feb. 5).
Question: Could you give me any news or spoilers about The Sopranos, please?
Answer: According to the New York Daily News, Christopher (Michael Imperioli) will find love again in the arms of Third Watch's Cara Buono.
Question: One of my favorite new shows is Commander in Chief, but one reason I wanted to watch it was because of Jason Wiles. I always loved Jason on Third Watch as Bosco, and was anxious to see if he could play another character besides the hardened cop with a soft heart. So what's up? Since they fired his character, is he gone for good? Say it isn't so!
Answer: Sorry, it's so. Like the characters played by Leslie Hope and Julie Ann Emery, Wiles' character made a mistake fatal to his career during the president's turbulent transition. Which made it even more interesting in last week's episode when Mac's special assistant Vince, who had kept secret his HIV status, turned in his resignation. You might actually have thought she would stick to her guns and let him go, since she had set the precedent with all of these other characters who had made critical blunders ...
When actress Nia Long joined the cast of NBC's Third Watch (Fridays, 9 pm/ET) last year, she was thrilled to play policewoman Sasha Monroe right on New York City's mean streets. In fact, the 34-year-old Brooklyn native looks so convincing, passersby sometimes mistake her make-believe for reality.
"[I love] running around the streets of New York in a cop uniform with a gun," Long happily tells TV Guide Online. "[Recently,] I was on a long break. I had my uniform on, but I was on my cell phone and was wearing flip-flops. My shirt was out, but I had my gun belt on. And this woman, someone hit her car and ran."She's like, 'Miss, you are police officer, right?' I'm like, 'No, what are you talking about?' I forgot that I had the uniform on. She's like, 'I need someone to call the police.' I'm like, 'Well, call 911, I'm not a [real] cop.'"
Aside from these occasional moments of confusion, Long enjoys her work atmosphere. "People in New York City