In 'Players,' gangsta rap meets the 'A-Team' At a glance

October 17, 1997|By David Zurawik

The concept of "Players" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) isn't new. A group of convicts is rounded up and given a shot at redemption. The catch is they have to work for the good guys by doing the jobs too dirty for the good guys to do, like "The Dirty Dozen" or "The A-Team."

But producer Dick Wolf ("Law & Order") wraps that concept in some of the freshest and brightest packaging of the fall season ** by casting rapper Ice-T as one of the convicts. His presence helps give "Players" a young, urban feel as well as a puckish sense of humor that should play very well with the teen-age audience at which this series is aimed.

Ice-T's character, Isaac "Ice" Gregory, and his two partners (played by Costas Mandylor and Frank John Hughes) go to work for the FBI this week setting up stings and pulling scams on bad guys -- some of whom work for Uncle Sam.

The challenge to this series will be coming up with stings and lTC scams that fool the audience for most of the hour. Wolf himself admits that won't be easy.

But he's off to a good start with his new Mr. T.

Pub Date: 10/17/97

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