It’s Showtime Fallen Angels — Parts I-III

Hostess: Lynette Walden.

Hostess: Lynette Walden.

Three half-hour dramas, based on 1940s-type murder mysteries, display adventurous programming and showmanship. Of the three airing in August — there’ll be three more in September — one’s overdone, another’s strong and the third is commercial. But they’re all alternative programming in an area in which TV is financially or creatively anemic.

Programs, shown on succeeding Sundays, forsake black-and-white authenticity for color. In all three, production designer Armin Ganz inventively uses L.A. sites.

It's Showtime Fallen Angels -- Parts I-III

(Suns. (1, 15, 29), 10-10:30 p.m. , Showtime)

Production: Filmed around L.A. by Mirage Prods., Propaganda Films and Showtime Networks Inc. Exec producer, Sydney Pollack; producers, William Horberg, Lindsay Doran, Steve Golin; co-producer, David Wisnievitz; production design, Armin Ganz; art director, Kirk Petruccelli; sound, Gary Alexander, Brad Sherman, Dennis Kirk.

Crew: Music, Peter Bernstein; theme, Elmer Bernstein.

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