Show: K-Ville (FOX)
Episode: “Pilot” – Series Premiere (Season 1)
Premiere Date: Monday, September 17th, 2007
Rating: 2 out of 4 Stars
Quick Synopsis: Two cops patrol the crime-ridden streets of post hurricane New Orleans.
Long Synopsis: A cop who stayed to help those he could during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, but whose partner fled, still wants to help bring the city back some two years later. He, part of the Felony Action Squad, which goes after the worst of the worst criminals, has been assigned a new partner that may be hiding something of his own, but they take on a case after a singer is killed at a charity function. While tracking the killer, the case hits close to home for one of them.
Review: K-Ville is a buddy cop drama, with the occasional attempt at humor to break the tension. Set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it looks like it wants to delve into some serious topics, but this first episode comes off as your average by the book cop show. Which is funny, since Anthony Anderson’s (‘Til Death, The Shield) character, Marlin Boulet, has thrown the book out.
Boulet is the tough nosed rule bender that does what ever it takes to get the bad guy. Anderson is actually pretty good in this mostly dramatic role. Being best known until recently for his comedy or being the comic relief in movies, he has developed into a solid dramatic actor.
Cole Hauser (The Cave, Tears of the Sun) plays his partner, Trevor Cobb. He isn’t too keen on the way Boulet does things. Is it because he is the strait-laced partner or because he needs to steer clear of any possible trouble for another reason? Hauser has done the action thing in movies and fits well in the role. What they have done with his character is actually one of the more interesting parts of the show.
The main problem with the first episode is that the case wasn’t all that interesting. Actually, it seemed a bit too contrived, even for TV. The person behind it, their reason, it just didn’t do it for me. Given the shows backdrop, way more was expected than what we got. Maybe now that the characters have been introduced, they can spend more time on creating interesting stories worth watching. Unfortunately, tonight’s episode doesn’t give you much reason to tune back in next week when Dancing With the Stars, Heroes and Two and a Half Men all premiere and will be playing during the same time period.
Given the rest of what is on tonight, K-Ville is worth checking out, but will you be back?