CBS, which normally relies on reruns of police shows and detective series to compete in the 11:30 p.m. time slot against NBC's Johnny Carson and ABC's Ted Koppel, is trying something different tonight: a police show that isn't a rerun.
Whoopee. Just what we needed.
The series is "Night Heat," made in Canada and starring Scott Hylands and Jeff Wincott as a couple of dour-faced detectives working the night shift. As depicted in the premiere, it qualifies as the Yawn Patrol. The only comic relief is in the prose of the show's narrator, a pro-police newspaper columnist (Allan Royal) who mixes the styles of Joseph Wambaugh and Joe Friday.