I’ve been assigned to teach our Fall introductory production course, so I’m starting to plan the syllabus. The tentative focus is “Television Drama: Cops and Courts”, looking at a variety of legal dramas. The main idea is that the students engage in both theory and practice, watching the shows and studying the form in lecture, then enacting the conventions (or breaking them) in production lab. The short list for screenings includes The Wire, Homicide: Life on the Streets, NYPD Blue, Cagney and Lacey, Law and Order, maybe The Shield, Rizzoli and Isles, The Closer, Southland, or Castle. I’m really hoping I can work in some RENO 911! or Cop Rock. So far the cops are definitely more numerous than the courts. Any other suggestions from folks? I’d especially love suggestions for some earlier television work as well as readings. Thanks for any help!