Friday, November 4, 2016

What Might've Been: Arrest & Trial (2000)

With Law & Order having marked its 10th anniversary in 2000, producer Dick Wolf decided to resurrect a title from Universal's past for his next project.

Arrest & Trial was a half-hour syndicated series that took a look at real life cases, rather than fictionalized ones, such as on Law & Order and the original Arrest and Trial, back in 1963. Actor Brian Dennehy served as host.

Just like its scripted forebear, Arrest lasted just one season. Why? Reruns of the earlier seasons of Law & Order were in heavy airplay on cable at the time (and still are), and viewers opted not to invest in real law enforcement at work. Hmmmm, I wonder why that is?

Let's take a look at a sample episode. As you'll note, the Crime & Investigation channel holds the cable rights to the series, or at least it did when this video was posted.

It was meant to be a complement to the Law & Order family of shows, hence the logo being in the same trade dress design, or close to it.

Rating: A.

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