CBS, 10-11 PM DEBUTS SEPTEMBER 27
Ask Tom Sizemore — costar of feature films like Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down — how producer-director Michael Mann (Miami Vice, Ali, The Insider) talked the actor into starring in a TV series, CBS’ Robbery Homicide Division, and the 37-year-old lunges forward in his seat, acting out Mann’s vehement enthusiasm.
”He says, ‘I’m gonna change your life! It’s not TV — there aren’t any movies and TV anymore: There’s just entertainment. There’s not movie stars or TV stars: There’s just stars, bigger ones and smaller ones.’ He said he’d written this pilot for CBS, and it’s about, every week, you watch this guy solve crimes.”
Sizemore is ”this guy”: police detective Sam Cole, heading up a crew of sleek clue sniffers who’ll solve baffling drive-by shootings and bust corporate types stoking the street-drug trade. Mann says, ”There’s no dumbing down here. I’m not trying to tell stories on television cinematically — quite the opposite. I want to use the immediacy, the fluidity and quickness of television. We’re outside, in the city, working those cases like real homicide detectives do.”
Mann got Sizemore sold on the idea of shooting episodes lickety-split and on high-definition film. Now the star is up for the grind of weekly TV. Recalling Mann’s initial pitch, Sizemore laughs, ”He said, ‘I’m gonna make the greatest cop drama ever — wanna try with me?’ I said, ‘S — -, yeah!”’