“The Glades” – The Cable Cop Show Formula Goes to Florida

The Glades: The Complete First Season” (Fox)

The folks at the A&E network are starting to look to the FX and USA models for their original programming. The Glades, about a Chicago detective (Aussie actor Matt Passmore) who relocated to Florida for the sun and ended up smack in the middle of the murder capital of the Everglades, follows the usual formula. Passmore’s Detective Jim Longworth is aggressively irritating and typically unconventional—he doesn’t really work well with others, which is partly why he’s far from his Chicago home—but a sharp detective. His approach to crime solving is succinctly put by Callie (Kiele Sanchez), a single mom and medical student he woos through the course of the season: “By irritating as many people as possible until someone confesses.”

Yeah, he does, and the blandly handsome and generically charming Passmore makes it work by simply making it part of his character. He doesn’t really have much in the way of social filters or professional restraint but he’s no bully either, and his affection for Callie’s son smoothes over some of his rough edges. The rest is the usual cable summer show formula of unusual setting (rural Florida), unconventional character and lots of colorful detail around the edges of the conventional crime story. Carlos Gómez co-stars as the exasperated medical examiner and the closest Jim has to a friend and Michelle Hurd takes over as his boss in the second episode.

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Author: seanax

I write the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website (www.streamondemandathome.com). I'm a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, Keyframe, Independent Lens, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View (www.parallax-view.org).. I've written for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Weekly, GreenCine.com, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, and Psychotronic Video, among other publications, and I am a contributing editor to Parallax View. I currently live and work in Seattle, Washington, with my two cats, Hammet and Chandler.

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