James Earl Jones and Richard Crenna are two of the most respected actors around. They deserve better than chases and shoot-'em-ups, but that's exactly what they get in ABC's "Pros & Cons," premiering tonight at 8 on Channel 13.
The new series transforms last season's angst-ridden "Gabriel's Fire" into a lighter, jokier action drama. Gabriel Bird (Jones), the ex-con turned Chicago private investigator, tracks a mysterious man to Los Angeles and saves the life of wise-cracking private eye Mitch O'Hannon (Crenna). The two eventually team up.
Bird smiles a lot more, runs after a killer and even manages heavy breathing over the phone for his love, Josephine Austin (Madge Sinclair), back in Chicago. (Gone is the quality drama that helped win them Emmys for their work last season.)