Peter S. Fischer, whose first-class credits range from “Columbo” through “Murder, She Wrote” just for starters, comes a cropper with this routine pilot (from last year) involving an insurance investigator hooking a murderer already known to the viewers.
The time-tested format penned by Fischer falls flat in a mechanical meller paced by a cocky, hip hero; net was wise to pass.
Played by Grant Show, C.D. Coopersmith is brash to the point of an irritant; he annoys his boss Whitehurst (James McDonnell) right off the bat by solving yet another case despite his flippant style.
Coop’s supervisor Allison Grey (Colleen Coffey) plays distant in the office and close at home, and the fourth member of the setup is fellow investigator Mike Delaney (Clark Johnson), who’s in only peripherally.
Pilot’s case involves a racing driver (Nicolas Surovy) who dopes his girlfriend (Leann Hunley) while he slips away to knock off his wife.
Coopersmith has to pick his way through to the girlfriend’s alibi in an absurd scene in which she willingly tells stranger Coop about her bed actions with the b.f.
Grant Show’s Coopersmith, wearing jeans, T-shirt and bomber jacket when he isn’t displaying his pecs, is cocky and energetic, but that’s about it.
Coffey, Johnson and McDonnell are okay, while Leann Hunley is a standout beaut.
Peter Crane’s direction is efficient, and supervising producer Robert F. O’Neill gives the telecast a snappy feel.
Tech credits are good.