T.J. Hooker (1982–1986)
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The Chicago Connection 

A brash Chicago detective gets a few lessons in police work when he goes under cover with Hooker to arrest a drug ring.

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Captain Pankowitz
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Roz Malino
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Nadine
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Louie Felcher
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Hooker is sent to Chicago to pick someone who's being extradited. But upon arriving a streetwise detective who needs the prisoner to help get a criminal he's pursuing convinces Hooker to let him use the guy before he leaves. But something goes wrong and Hooker offers to help him get the criminal. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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The Show T.J.Hooker Might Have Become
22 April 2014 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

LCPD Sgt. T.J.Hooker (William Shatner) arrives in Chicago in the dead of winter to bring heroin trafficker Louis Felcher back with him to California. Sour-faced motormouth Chicago vice-cop Sidney Stover (Charlie Barnett) implores Hooker to keep Felcher in Chi-Town just a little bit longer. Stover thinks that he is key to making a big heroin bust.

Hooker won't bite until he sees a young junkie (Michael Stoyanov) die after an impromptu chase in Stover's car following a liquor store robbery. He is outraged and works with Stover to try to take down heroin kingpin Rudy Steiger (Vic Polizos) using Felcher. But it is far from that simple and by then Hooker is too invested in matters to leave.

Observant audiences will recall 'Hollywood Starr' (Season 4, Episode 17) a back-door pilot series vehicle for the then 26 year old actress Sharon Stone. Like that one the entire style of this curiosity item is very different from any other T.J.Hooker episode.

In fact little of what is shown is at all similar. The viewer is continually given pause to wonder why Hooker is really in this environ unless they are aware that this was intended for a re-working of the series for ABC.

What we see is a fun comedy-adventure with Hooker as straight-man to a cast of comic actors. LCPD colleagues Officer Stacy Sheridan (Heather Locklear) and Officer Jim Corrigan (James Darren) are never seen except in the opening credits. Neither is Adrian Zmed who portrayed Officer Vince Romano - Hooker's young partner. Zmed had left the show. Locklear and Darren would have been gone too had ABC embraced the change.

This would have been an intriguing route for the show to take. But it was not intriguing enough for ABC to renew the show for a fifth season. Nor was it intriguing enough for CBS to go along with the re-jig when it picked up the series to broadcast after prime-time. Indeed it would have contradicted most of what audiences had seen of the show and it's main character.

Had they chosen instead to move T.J.Hooker into being a comedy-adventure in Chicago what would they have really gained? ABC might have gotten one of those critically acclaimed shows that entertainment writers and people in the industry love but that is watched by few people all in the wrong demographics.


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