Hawk (A Man Called Hawk)

Created by Robert B. Parker (1932-2010) Developed for television by Stephen Hattman and William Robert Yates "You push yourself till you can't stand the pain, then you push yourself a little bit more.'' -- Hawk counsels black youth He's big, he's Black and he's mean. And he knows you didn't watch his show!!! It's generally … Continue reading Hawk (A Man Called Hawk)

What Hath Rockford Wrought?

The Other Eyes of The Rockford Files   Much like Maverick, Rockford co-creator Roy Huggins' other hit show starring James Garner, The Rockford Files delighted in poking fun at its own genre, seeding the show with numerous cock-eyed takes on the private eye. Here are the most memorable: Gandolph "Gandy" Fitch  Created by Gordon Dawson … Continue reading What Hath Rockford Wrought?

Richie Brockelman (Richie Brockelman, Private Eye)

Created by Stephen J. Cannell & Steven Bochco RICHIE BROCKELMAN can best be described as a younger, less cynical version of Jim Rockford. Played by Dennis Dugan, he comes across--at least at first glance--as being rather young and naive, which works to his advantage. Richie is a natural conman and can fling out bullshit in … Continue reading Richie Brockelman (Richie Brockelman, Private Eye)

Marcus “Gabby” Hayes & Gandolph “Gandy” Fitch (Gabby & Gandy)

Gandolph Fitch created by Gordon Dawson Marcus Hayes created by Chas. Floyd Johnson, Dorothy J. Bailey & Stephen J. Cannell "Gabby and Gandy - sounds like a puppet show." --Jim, on learning of the proposed new partnership, in "Just Another Polish Wedding" I loved the original Spenser for Hire, but have always wanted to see a … Continue reading Marcus “Gabby” Hayes & Gandolph “Gandy” Fitch (Gabby & Gandy)

Michael MacGruder (Cagney and Lacey)

Created by Steven Brown Intended as a possible spin-off from Cagney & Lacey, Orion Productions had high hopes for "The Bounty Hunter," an unsold pilot disguised as an episode in the popular show's third season. BrianDennehy starred as MICHAEL MacGRUDER, a tough guy manhunter from Michigan on the trail of a bail jumper, who's wanted in New … Continue reading Michael MacGruder (Cagney and Lacey)

Untitled Chinese Miss Fisher Project

Based on characters created by Kerry Greenwood Developed for television by Jin Weiyi Coming soon to a television set near you (if you live in China) is Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. But this is not the one you think, starring the delectable Essie Davis as the crime-busting, murder-solving socialite and private detective. Nope, this one … Continue reading Untitled Chinese Miss Fisher Project

Peregrine Fisher

Inspired by characters created by Kerry Greenwood Created by Deb Cox & Fiona Eagger Did you know Kerry Greenwood's popular Jazz Age Australian eye Phryne Fisher had a niece? Neither did I. I'm not even sure Kerry Greenwood knew. But apparently MS. PEREGRINE FISHER, the star of a new Australian TV show, Ms Fisher's MODern Murder Mysteries is that niece. Peregrine, … Continue reading Peregrine Fisher

Not Quite Ready for Primetime

Pilots That Didn't Fly & Spin-offs That Didn't Spin Television has always been a battlefield when it comes to getting a show actually on the air, and the P.I. genre has had it as rough as any other genre, although the nineties were particularly brutal. Some of these aired and nobody bit, and some of … Continue reading Not Quite Ready for Primetime

Jake Runyon

Created by Bill Pronzini (1943--) First appearing in Bill Pronzini's Spook (2003), JAKE RUNYON is one of the more intriguing "minor" characters I've come across lately. In the book, Pronzini's series hero, Nameless (who now, if you haven't heard, has a name -- it's "Bill") is going into semi-retirement. He and his young associate and … Continue reading Jake Runyon