By   |   April 15, 2012   |   Entertainment

There’s a new cop show premiering on CBS tonight, NYC 22 ΓÇô- that’s nothing new. What is surprising is how much fun this romp in NYPD blue actually is.

The show follows the lives of a handful of rookie cops who are assigned to the 22nd Precinct in Harlem, N.Y. You’ve got your usual legal suspects: the kid (Stark Sands) who comes from generations of boys in blue who has to prove his worth; the gal (Judy Marte) running from her family’s criminal past; the military vet with a chip on her shoulder, played by the ever lovely lee Leelee Sobieski. “SheΓÇÖs a real tough cookie but as the show progresses, you see her heart pop out more, ” Leelee shared with me at the NYC premiere screening of the show inside the Paley Center for Media.

Then there are some unexpected characters, such as a Middle East American rookie (Tom Reed) who takes a lot of flack from the good ole boys, and a had-been rising basketball star, newcomer Harold House Moore, who is now back doing patrol in his old neighborhood (you know that can’t be easy!). But my personal favorite character is Ray “Lazarus” Harper, played by Adam Goldberg. He’s been downsized from his news reporter job, and after threatening the police department with age discrimination gets a new beat, that of keeping crime off streets. Hello, bad economy — I can relate!

Led by the eternally adorable Terry Kinney, their squad leader/mentor, these kids get into a heck of a lot of trouble on their first day (think domestic violence intervention; kiddie gang fights and dead bodies), but even in these tense situations, there’s a light-heartedness to the show. Double interracial romance alert! Expect to see something go down between Howard and LeeLee’s characters (more on him in my exclusive later this week!), and between Stark’s and the older sister of a young boy who’s caught between being a good kid and falling in with the wrong type of friends. We’ll definitely be watching for that love story to unfold.

NYC 22 premieres Sunday, April 15 at 10 p.m. on CBS.

photo credit: CBS

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