The Commish (1991–1996)
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In the Shadows of the Gallows 

A prisoner, whom Tony arrested before his trial and conviction, is executed on death row in Pennsylvania. The next day a prisoner in Albany State Prison confesses to the murders for which ... See full summary »

Director:

Scott Brazil

Writers:

Stephen J. Cannell (created by), Stephen Kronish (creator) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Chiklis ... Tony Scali
Theresa Saldana ... Rachel Scali
Kaj-Erik Eriksen ... David Scali
John Cygan ... Paulie Pentangeli
Maria Bello ... Betsy
Steve Eastin ... Chief Aaron Darrow
Sheila Larken ... Patricia Allardyce
Dean Stockwell ... Robert Allardyce
Angela Strader Angela Strader ... Brenda Yates
Gillian Barber ... Dr. Helen Mallory
Johnny Cuthbert ... Baer (as Jon Cuthbert)
Jano Frandsen Jano Frandsen ... Fuller
Jan D'Arcy ... Amelia MacKenzie
Dayna Cornborough Dayna Cornborough ... Sarah Scali
Justine Cornborough Justine Cornborough ... Sarah Scali
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A prisoner, whom Tony arrested before his trial and conviction, is executed on death row in Pennsylvania. The next day a prisoner in Albany State Prison confesses to the murders for which the other man was executed. The family files a wrongful death suit and Tony is one of the defendants. Then, in a meeting with Tony, the confessor says if Tony will clear him of the two murders for which he's to be executed, he will admit to lying about the murders for which the original convict was executed. Written by clearthinkernow

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1995 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Dissapointing
18 January 2004 | by talaxinaSee all my reviews

I always enjoyed the original Commish television series. I liked the characters, and the stories. And I enjoyed the latter because they did not follow the standard pattern of other crime/mystery series on television around the same time. Matlock, Murder She Wrote, Diagnosis Murder- they all use the same plot device ad nausium. If you watch any of these shows, and they have a sexy female guest character in the cast of an episode you can rest assured that *she* did it (though she will be written and portrayed as the *only* likeable character in the guest cast until she is unmasked).

The Commish never followed this pattern; instead, the "bad guys" were known to the audience from the get-go, and the meat of the story, if you will, came in watching Tony catch them, not in trying to guess who did it. Sadly, this Commish TV movie, aired after the series ended, did away with the style of the original show, and opted for the wornout plot device used on those other shows, including making the murderer the only likeable guest character in the production.

The result is a plodding and predictable story that makes the Tony Scali character seem out-of-place, as the surrounding events play out like a poorly written soap-opera. It ruined the Commish experience for me. Thankfully, the *very* talented Mr. Chiklis has moved on to bigger and better things, with The Sheild.


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