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Cops," Fox's reality-based half-hour that follows police officers in the line of duty in different U.S. cities, focuses on the Nashville Police Dept. in an episode that shows a relatively slow crime week -- probably good news for the cops and camera crew involved.

Cops,” Fox’s reality-based half-hour that follows police officers in the line of duty in different U.S. cities, focuses on the Nashville Police Dept. in an episode that shows a relatively slow crime week — probably good news for the cops and camera crew involved.

“Cops” offers viewers the chance to ride in a patrol car. Exec producers Malcolm Barbour and John Langley and their crew do a good job of emphasizing the element of the unknown and adventure, though there’s nothing especially dramatic or dangerous in this season-opener; but that only serves to enhance the show’s realism.

Show highlights three incidents with separate officers. In the first, officer Joe Shelton’s nighttime pursuit of a suspicious vehicle turns into a foot chase. (The camera crew deserves mention for chasing a possibly dangerous individual while lugging heavy equipment.)

In the final incident, officer Kenneth Elkins busts a small prostitution ring that makes its home at a truckstop motel.

The second seg, featuring officer Clint Ashley, is hysterical, with a scenario that most sitcom writers would be proud of.

Officer Ashley is called to a domestic disturbance. A woman sitting in her car outside her house tells him two men in her house are not welcome. Ashley discovers one man is her ex-husband, the other her current hubby, while her companion in the car is her boyfriend, who is trying to avoid the camera.

The current hubby says she’s been wed seven times and that he’s been married to her three or four times himself — he’s not really sure.

Show should continue to do well in its timeslot, but if ratings start to flounder, show could always be retooled as “America’s Funniest Police Calls.”

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(Sat. (7), 8-8:30 p.m., FBC)

Production: Taped in Nashville by Barbour/Langley Prods. Executive producers, Malcolm Barbour, John Langley; producer, Bertram Van Munster; co-producer, Kay Bair.

Crew: Editors, Bruce Hepler, Joseph Weiss; music, Inner Circle.

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