New Network Police Dramas Fall Short When It Comes To Race

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Caitlin Stasey, from left, Ernie Hudson, Natalie Martinez, Justin Kirk, executive producer Matt Nix, executive producer Trey Callaway and executive producer/director Len Wiseman FOX portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association press tour ( Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)


Two new television crime dramas, “APB” on Fox and “Training Day” on CBS, premiered this month. The shows are set up to tackle relevant topics like the privatization of police forces and racial profiling.

But as NPR TV critic Eric Deggans (@Deggans) tells Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd, the new shows lack nuance and depth, and end up falling closer to the procedural crime drama formula that’s been done many times before.

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