Bates directs stellar 'Homicide'

In Brief

April 12, 1996

There is so much jitterand zoom with the hand-held camera look to the opening of tonight's "Homicide" episode that some viewers will think NBC is rerunning the 1993 pilot -- the one that led some critics to complain of motion sickness.

But, fear not. It's Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates making her debut as a series director, and she seems to know exactly what she's doing. Five minutes into the episode, you will forget all about who's behind the camera and become immersed in another smart, socially conscious, emotionally charged episode of the best drama on network television.

Tonight's main story is about the death of a young drug dealer in a public housing high-rise and the Muslim security guards who patrolled it until the federal government cut funding. Clark Johnson absolutely sparkles as Detective Meldrick Lewis in a lead role as does Peter Gerety in the supporting role of Officer Stuart Gharty.

Pub Date: 4/12/96

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