Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Everything Old is New Again

A press packet arrived today for ''Wanted,'' a TNT series starting July 31, It's summed up as ''a gritty, edgy crime thriller that follows a specialized team of law enforcement officers as they track down the city's 100 most wanted criminals.''
That sounded like ''Cain's Hundred,'' a crime show I remember seeing commercials for as a kid. I don't think I ever watched the actual show -- and it only lasted one season, 1961-62 -- but the commercials stuck in my head. So I reached for ''The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows'' and here's some of what it said about ''Cain's'':
''(Cain) was determined to ferret out and bring to prosecution the 100 men controlling the many-tentacled monster of organized crime in America. Roving about the country with a special squad of assistants...''
Now, the shows may be very different in style. But their ideas aren't wildly different, even though they're separated by more than 40 years.

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