heroes of ‘Rookie Blue’ break hearts and heads
“Rookie Blue” has made the summer TV season
a lot more fun during the last couple of years.
It’s an absorbing cop show about young officers
dealing with the complexities of their careers
while looking stunning in those cute, blue uniforms.
In the third season premiere (Thursday, 9 p.m.,
ABC), intense Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym)
returns to the force after a three-month suspension.
Now, she’s ecstatic to be back in action. “This
is the first day of the rest of my life!” she
And what a day it is, as a drunk driver (William
Shatner) causes a pile-up while searching for
his kidnapped granddaughter.
“Rookie Blue” isn’t the only show about cops
who fall in love with each other while chasing
the bad guys, but it’s one of the few that work.
Watching the season premiere makes this seem
like the first day of the rest of my summer.
Sunday, 9:30 p.m. (HBO)
Everybody has hyped this new series to the
max, but, dammit, I’m going to keep hyping it
as long as it stays good. In this week’s episode,
our four post-collegiate heroines go to an intimidating
party in a New York City warehouse.
Each has a disturbing encounter with a lover,
an ex-lover or a potential future lover. Each
gets physically hurt, hurts someone else or
lays the groundwork for someone to be hurt.
In the richest subplot, Hannah (creator-director-writer
Lena Dunham) encounters her not-quite-boyfriend
Adam, who emerges as more human than she thought
he was. This development leads to a happy ending,
or at least an ambiguously happy one. And something
tells me ambiguous happiness is the best we
can expect in the “Girls” universe. CV