'Rookie Blue' proves too vanilla


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Earlier this year ABC debuted the short-lived "The Deep End," which was essentially "Grey's Anatomy" in a law firm.

"Rookie Blue" (9 tonight, WTAE) is "Grey's Anatomy" in a police station.

And that's about as remarkable as this generic Canadian co-production gets.

"Rookie Blue"

When: 9 tonight, ABC.

Starring: Missy Peregrym, Gregory Smith.

Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym, "Reaper") narrates tonight's premiere as one of a handful of rookie police officers who experience their first day on the job. Occasionally it's a little like watching kids play cops and robbers, which is the point, but Andy seems overly tentative.

Gregory Smith, who played Ephram on the late "Everwood," stars as another rookie who is Andy's opposite: He's overly gung-ho and upset to be confined to desk duty on his first day.

Written by Tassie Cameron, the "Rookie Blue" pilot has a plot twist for one newbie cop that's obvious well before the show gets around to revealing it.

The show offers one potentially promising story path: Chris Diaz (newcomer Travis Milne) is shown crossing himself before beginning duty. That could be as deep as the show gets in terms of the interaction of a cop and his religious beliefs but it would be a welcome surprise to see this program go further.

Given the generally bland nature of "Rookie Blue," that's probably too much to ask.

TV editor Rob Owen: rowen@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1112. Read the Tuned In Journal blog at post-gazette.com/tv. Follow RobOwenTV on Twitter or Facebook.


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