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John Cassavetes as Johnny Staccato
Delvecchio – “Licensed to Kill” (1976)
Judd Hirsch as Sergeant Dominick Delvecchio
Gideon Oliver – “Sleep Well, Professor Oliver” (1989)
Louis Gossett Jr. as Gideon Oliver
Touching Evil – “K” (2004)
Jeffrey Donovan as Detective Inspector Dave Creegan
“See the shows that were cancelled before their time with four gripping crime drama episodes in the Brilliant But Cancelled collection. From the producers who would go on to make the television sensations Hill Street Blues, Columbo and Law & Order come these intelligent series that span over forty years of television.
Johnny Staccato ‘ ‘Tempted’
Delvecchio ‘ ‘Licensed to Kill’
Gideon Oliver ‘ ‘Sleep Well, Professor Oliver’
Touching Evil ‘ ‘K’
Brilliant But Cancelled: Crime Dramas is not rated.
“Brilliant But Cancelled: Crime Dramas” highlights four episodes from series cancelled in different decades. “Johnny Staccato” kicks things off. It’s your typical black and white crime drama with fake sets, wooden acting, and basic plots. But what’s interesting is the guest appearance by Elizabeth Montgomery. She plays a temptress in this series well before she became a comedy legend in “Bewitched”.
Delvecchio is next up starring Judd Hirsch before he went on to “Taxi”. Again, it’s a bit slow, melodramatic, and tedious. But it, too, features an interesting cameo by John Hillerman from “Magnum P.I.” Oddly, this show is kicked off without any intro or credits like in the other shows on the DVD. It was kind of odd.
Gideon Oliver is next starring Louis Gossett Jr. If you’re a “Law & Order” fan you’ll want to check this out. The writer and creators did this shortly before the long running series you know and love. And yes, there’s an interesting guest appearance by Tom Sizemore in this one.
Rounding things out is a 2004 show I never heard of called “Touching Evil”. There are no special guest appearances here. Unfortunately this episode is pulled from the middle of the series and it’s a little hard to jump on board and follow it. Kind of like “X-Files,” “Alias,” or “Lost,” you have to be on board from the beginning to really follow it. Unfortunately it, too, is a bit slow for my tastes.
This DVD set is more for TV aficionados than anyone else. They will care most about seeing these rare episodes and rare guest appearances. Fans of crime dramas will enjoy it, too, because it offers a variety of styles from various decades all on one DVD. However, most audiences aren’t going to find much here that they can’t find in other more established series.