Originally Posted by Ted Cunterblast
But Kojak did often have some very good storylines, despite the gimmicky premise (The pilot show The Marcus Nelson Murders is an excellent feature length episode, based on a true story).
And if it's done right, the Kojak character, an actor with the right presence and ability, a good script, good dialogue...it could work.
The Marcus Nelson Murders is a terrific TV movie, pretty brutal for the time, too...
I actually wouldn't mind seeing VD (unfortunate initials!) as Kojak, though he'd have to find a sense of humour from somewhere first... and I don't think it was a gimmicky show as such, it was a fairly standard procedural that revolved entirely around the charisma of the lead actor and a few cute personality quirks, so if you get the right lead actor, it could definitely work...
PS Amazed to see "Crocker" in TV's House Of Lies a few weeks ago - took me ages to recognise him!