Are you ready for this . . . again ?
Fighting Partners No. 1,826: Chicago cop Joey La Fiamma (Michael Pare) is assigned to Houston (don't ask why), where he's temporarily paired with Levon Lundy (Michael Beck) in the two-hour premiere of "Houston Knights" at 9 tonight on CBS (Channels 2 and 8).
A street-tough Chicagoan and a folksy Texan ordered to work together on a murder case? Oh nohhhhhh!
Joey is very Italian and talks like Rocky--Yo!--while Levon is very country, drives a jeep and uses such expressions as "down yonder." Joey is surly and obnoxious; Levon is a lamb and likable. Joey likes Chinese food, Levon barbecued ribs. Joey wears tassel loafers, Levon boots and a cowboy hat.
"Are we workin' together?" Joey grouses. "It looks that way," Levon twangs.
Will these two palookas please stop it? No way. It's hatred at first sight. They even have a fist fight and beat each other up. They're so busy bickering that they take almost two hours to blow away all the bad guys in this dopey, stereotypical (Texans call Joey a "Yankee"), violent, 21-corpse debut. The series will continue on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. through the end of April, temporarily displacing "The Equalizer."