Clark Johnson has worked as a director on several of TV's most memorable cop shows, including The Shield, Homicide: Life on the Street and the pilot episode of the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire. This season, he's appearing on camera as well, as The Wire's City Editor Gus Haynes.
Best known for her portrayal of Detective Claudette Wyms on The Shield, actress CCH Pounder also boasts film credits ranging from Bagdad Cafe to Benny & Joon; her Shield character's recent promotion to the rank of captain promises new story lines. This interview was first broadcast on June 5, 2006.
David Bianculli reviews a new episode of the popular British crime series, Cracker. The program was originally produced in the 1990s, and Robbie Coltrane returns to star as Edward Fitzgerald, an abrasive criminal psychologist. The new two-hour show, Cracker: A New Terror, airs at 9 p.m. on BBC America.
C.C.H. Pounder is best known for her portrayal of Detective Claudette Wyms on the FX TV show The Shield. Recently, her character got a much deserved promotion to captain. Pounder was raised in Guyana, and schooled in Britain. The Shield is one of this year's recipients of the prestigious Peabody Award, being handed out Monday night.
Actress Angie Dickinson played an undercover cop in the TV series Police Woman from 1974-78; now the series has been released in a DVD collection. Dickinson's film roles include Dressed to Kill, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Pretty Maids All In a Row and the original Ocean's Eleven. This segment originally aired on Dec. 4, 2001.
It's the longest running drama on network television. After more than 300 shows, and 13 years, the "ripped from the headlines" half cop/half law show is still going strong. It's also inspired Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. The latest spin off is Law & Order: Trial by Jury.