By Mandi Bierly
Updated March 06, 2012 at 05:11 PM EST

On April 15, CBS premieres NYC 22, a character-driven drama following six NYPD rookies on foot patrol in Harlem. The new show counts Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal among its executive producers and was created by Richard Price (the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Color of Money who also wrote five episodes of The Wire). You’ll meet Ray “Lazarus” Harper (Adam Goldberg), a former crime-beat reporter who figures he has better sources than most cops, and his partner, Tonya Sanchez (Judy Marte), a rebel whose family has a criminal history; Jennifer “White House” Perry (Leelee Sobieski), a former Marine MP in Iraq, and her partner, Jayson “Jackpot” Toney (Harold “House” Moore), a local basketball hero who blew his chance in the NBA; and Kenny McLaren (Stark Sands), a fourth-generation police officer, and his partner, Ahmad Kahn (Tom Reed), an Afghani native who fought his way to freedom and who, you can bet, will continue to battle racism. They all report to Field Training Officer Daniel “Yoda” Dean (Terry Kinney, reuniting with his Unusuals costar Goldberg), who pulls double duty as viewers’ occasional comic relief.

If you feel like you already know more about these rookies than you do most vets on serious cop shows, that’s the point.

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