Fri­day 21

TONY DANZA AND JOSH GROBAN star in the fa­ther-and-son crime drama on Net­flix

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The Good Cop

COM­EDY DRAMA Net­flix This odd cou­ple US com­edy drama sees Tony Danza play a dis­graced ex-new York cop happy to dole out ad­vice on life, love and work to his earnest po­lice­man son (Josh Groban).

The Good Cop Genre: Crime drama Avail­able Fri­day 21 Septem­ber Sea­son: 1 Episodes: 10 Runs: 60min

FROM THE CRE­ATOR of Monk, the US TV se­ries about a San Fran­cisco cop with OCD, comes an­other crime drama that mixes po­lice pro­ce­dural mur­der mys­ter­ies with a bit of comic light re­lief.

Star­ring Tony Danza and Josh Groban, and set in Brook­lyn, the se­ries cen­tres on Tony Caruso and his son TJ (Tony Jr), the lat­ter be­ing the good cop of the ti­tle.

For­mer Taxi star Danza, 67, plays Tony Snr, a cor­rupt ex-po­lice of­fi­cer who has come out of prison and, as part of his pa­role con­di­tions, must live with TJ (Groban) – a nerdy, by-the-book homi­cide de­tec­tive.

In the first episode, when a for­mer col­league of Tony Snr’s turns up dead, TJ is shocked to find out that, ac­cord­ing to foren­sics, he’s the prime sus­pect in his own case.

We caught up with Groban, 37, who is a suc­cess­ful singer, to find out more about the Caruso cops… JOSH, HOW DID YOU END UP LAND­ING A ROLE IN THIS SE­RIES? It came out of nowhere. I got a let­ter from the show’s cre­ator Andy Breck­man, say­ing that he thought I was right for this role. I was blown away.

CAN YOU DE­SCRIBE THE SHOW? It’s an episodic mys­tery de­tec­tive show that harks back to Columbo-type shows and is also sim­i­lar to Andy Breck­man’s other bril­liant se­ries, Monk, which is very char­ac­ter­driven too. Andy loves to dream up the per­fect crime and write it back­wards, cre­at­ing these puzzles – in the same way as Poirot does.

YOU’RE STAR­RING WITH TONY DANZA, WHO PLAYS YOUR FA­THER. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT HIS CHAR­AC­TER? Tony is in­cred­i­ble. His char­ac­ter is based on a real-life per­son who was con­sid­ered to be one of the most cor­rupt de­tec­tives in NYPD his­tory. But he was so great at what he did that de­tec­tives still asked his ad­vice, even though he was a crim­i­nal. Tony Snr is larger than life, very ‘New York’, a bruiser kind of a guy.

HOW DOES TJ DEAL WITH HIS DAD’S SHADY PAST? For him it feels like the fam­ily name is at stake. He’s worked his way up through the ranks to be­come head of homi­cide. As part of the pa­role his dad has to live with him and, while he loves his dad very much, he feels that his past is kind of like a stain on their his­tory. They’re an odd cou­ple.

YOU HAVE A NEW AL­BUM COM­ING OUT THE DAY THIS SHOW LAUNCHES. HOW’S THE BAL­ANCE BE­TWEEN ACT­ING AND SINGING WORK­ING OUT? Now, more than ever, I’ve found the bal­ance I’ve craved my whole ca­reer. I left theatre school to sign a record deal, and when that hap­pened I was shocked in the same way I was when I was of­fered this role. It was a door I felt it was im­por­tant to walk through.

WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW AL­BUM, Bridges? It in­cludes a duet with the Ital­ian singer An­drea Bocelli, who’s ba­si­cally the rea­son I got my big break when I was 17. To have a duet with him eight al­bums later feels like my ca­reer has come full cir­cle, so it’s a very spe­cial al­bum for me.

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