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Mourning The Chicago Code

It is with a very heavy heart and saddened demeanor that I pass on this dreadful news. I don't know just how many of you had begun to watch or even heard of a nice little cop-drama by the name of The Chicago Code. It starred Jennifer Beals as Teresa Colvin, the first ever female Police Superintendent for the Chicago PD. Her main mission upon becoming the highest ranking police officer in the city of Chicago was attempting to take down corrupt Alderman Ronin Gibbons (Delroy Lindo). Curiosity peaked yet?

She assembles a secret and very small task force consisting of her former partner Jarek Wysocki (Jason Clarke), who has his own personal uncertainties at home, and Caleb Evers (Matt Lauria). They are given the green light by the Super to take on whatever and any cases they feel are the most important within the city. Also handpicked by Colvin, deep undercover officer Liam Hennessey (Billy Lush), tries to navigate his way through the corrupt ranks of Gibbons' evil empire in order to finally bring the city official to justice. The show is created by Shawn Ryan who birthed the show Terriers which was also removed from the air.

This is why, my friends, I am currently in a state of heavy mourning. As someone who is primarily a watcher of movies and not television, I was beginning to become hopeful of the new shows making their debuts. In my article, Television, how I've missed you so, I go into more detail about the rise, downfall and rise again of network television in my heart. The cancellation of The Chicago Code during its first and only season seems to come at a shock, only because to me it was pretty good. Not just another cop drama, it brought a sense of realism to the screen. It is actually shot in the city of Chicago, uses pretty much the same uniforms that police there use and periodically gives the audience many scenic views of a city which has seen its share of troubled times.

Being from New York myself, I can say that, yes, Chicago isn't the only urban city that has its problems with drugs, murder and corrupt city officials. But its probably one of the few that has had to suffer in silence. Not many people know what goes on there. Cities such Detroit, New Orleans, Cincinnati and of course Baltimore are included in this category. Syndicated network television was making these topics relevant again along with brining a sense of much needed serious entertainment with it.

Other shows getting the axe are Breaking In, Traffic Light, Lie To Me and Human Target. One proposed cause for the deaths of these series has been lack of promotion. People just aren't getting the news that they are out there. I don't know if I agree. I've heard of all of these shows and I barely tune into network television (except to view my beloved and now murdered Chicago Code). Another casualty which I am in an equal state of disarray over is the cease and desist of Lights Out. A drama centered around the world of boxing. It aired tuesday nights on FX. Another show gone after only one season. It was much more than just another show about boxing just as The Chicago Code was just another show about cops. It had substance and enjoyment focusing on the stress and toll that the life of a boxer can have on him and his family.

Now, I don't know what to watch. I am currently praying that new shows The Killing and Breakout Kings do not fall subject to the same fate. If by some act of unmeasurable unbalance in this universe the wonderful world of Dexter is cut short, I might have to riot. Who's with me? Well I guess it's back to drawing board. Any suggestions?

What do you think about these cancellations? Is your DVR content affected by any of these changes?


Anonymous said...

Damn shame. Best new cop drama since NYPD Blue.

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