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Feature: Primetime

The Evidence

The cast

A cop show with a twist – viewers see the evidence from the crime of the week at the start of the show. We talk to the cast and crew to find out how it works…

A new detective series with a twist – all the ‘evidence’ in the case is presented at the beginning of each episode, allowing the viewers to know the pieces of the puzzle before the police. The job of unraveling the mysteries, and fitting all the pieces together, is assigned to Inspectors Sean Cole (Orlando Jones) and Cayman Bishop (Rob Estes), two long-time partners and best friends in the San Francisco Police Department, who discover the crimes, like the evidence itself, is never what it seems to be.

The series mixes the gritty intensity of a police procedural drama with humor, which producer John Wells acknowledges is reality-based. “When you do research into physicians, police, fireman, the one thing that’s consistent in dealing with people who actually deal with a lot of death is that you find they’re laughing all the time. The friendship, the camaraderie, the gallows humor, is the thing that actually allows you to work your way through it. If there’s any criticism I have of the wave of procedural television shows that are on the air now, it’s that they don’t particularly represent the workplaces that I’ve visited and spent time in.”

The veteran producer admits that one of the main reasons he was interested in pursuing this project was the friendship between the two main characters. “This notion that men can be friends and show love for each other, concern for each other in a way that’s masculine and specific isn’t like most of the friendships that you see between men on television.”

by Judy Sloane

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