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Deborah Harter Williams

by Deborah Harter Williams


1968, The Mod Squad, a trio of undercover “hippie” cops, “One black, one white, one blonde.”
Williams played Linc Hayes with an Afro and dignity. What could have been played for laughs turned out to be groundbreaking for its black co-lead and the socially relevant stories of drugs, race, and the Vietnam War.
From 2003-2007 Williams solved crimes on a much quieter level as Philby Cross, ex-government spy on Hallmark’s Mystery Woman.

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Longmire Resurrection

IN THE December 13 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andDeborah Harter Williams,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTV
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by Deborah Harter Williams



It’s a new day in Absaroka County, with the old sheriff still in town but coming from another network.
Television is fickle. The show that is the darling one season gets thrown on the slagheap the next. Even the highly rated are not immune; Murder She Wrote, as many of us remember, was cancelled while still in the top 10. Latest on the chopping block—the A&E mystery/western, Longmire.

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by Deborah Harter Williams



As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday each of us with our memories of family togetherness (however wonderful or painful they might be), I thought I’d take a look at fictional families who solve mysteries together. You might consider whom you might want at your dinner table.

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The Comics Hit TV This October

IN THE October 11 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andDeborah Harter Williams,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andTV
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by Deborah Harter Williams



Finding myself discouraged and fed-up with the new dramatic shows that are unrealistic and the reality shows that are overly dramatic, I’m casting my net farther afield and checking out the trend in shows based on comics.

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by Deborah Harter Williams



Fed up with the tepid summer offerings? Already binged through all your faves? Well, get those DVRs revved up. New shows are coming.
Here’s what we’re checking out.

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by Deborah Harter Williams



In cased you somehow missed Scandal, it’s twisty and dark and set in Washington, D.C. The drama orbits around Olivia Pope, political fixer and campaign strategist. Her “gladiators in suits” are extremely loyal to her, as she has rescued each of them at one point from a personal crisis. Oh and by the way, she’s having an affair with the President.

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by Deborah Harter Williams



Thank you TV creators of Oz–first and foremost for the treat that is the Miss Fisher Mysteries. Bringing Kerry Greenwood’s Phrynne (pronounced Fry-knee) Fisher to the screen is a marvelous accomplishment. If you turn the sound down and just watch the scenery and the costumes you will be well entertained, but then you’d miss out on the stories that are well-crafted, based on intriguing history and well-acted.

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TV Flashback Banacek

IN THE May 24 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andDeborah Harter Williams,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTV
SECTIONS

by Deborah Harter Williams


Though it was only on for two seasons, Banacek is still memorable for its style, captivating plots and winning characters. George Peppard was Thomas Banacek, freelance insurance investigator equally at home in his palatial Beacon Hill digs, in a fight or climbing through windows.

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by Deborah Harter Williams


David E. Kelley was a lawyer in Boston and then he got bored. He decided to write a screenplay and became a feature film starring Judd Hirsch (From the Hip). Not a big hit but the roots were there – outrageous courtroom behavior, humor and winning the case.

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New TV Series March On

IN THE March 1 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andDeborah Harter Williams,
andTV
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by Deborah Harter Williams


As a hint of spring hits the air, a bouquet of new TV shows hit the airwaves.
Close Encounters (SCIENCE)
Premiere March 4 10:00 p.m.
Dramatic recreations and a few experts explore UFO’s that defy scientific explanation.

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A Tale of Two Sherlocks

IN THE February 15 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andDeborah Harter Williams,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTV
SECTIONS

by Deborah Harter Williams


The BBC’s Sherlock and CBS’s Elementary provide two wonderfully divergent flavors of Sherlock Holmes, Watson, Moriarty et al. You might call them light and dark.

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Medical Examiners Make Good TV

IN THE January 25 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andDeborah Harter Williams,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTV
SECTIONS

by Deborah Harter Williams


It started with Quincy, M.E. (1976-1983). The medical examiner (aka forensic pathologist) came out of expository cameos and into a starring role. With Jack Klugman as the lead, Quincy started as part of the classic NBC Sunday Mystery Movie wheel, rotating with Columbo, McCloud and McMillan & Wife. By mid-season it was clear the show was a hit and became a weekly series.

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by Deborah Harter Williams


2013 was the year of binge streaming. In the past twelve months we crested the hill and coasted into time shifting, streaming, binge-watching and mobile viewing as day-to-day options for the masses. Not only can we see the latest and preview the upcoming but we can go back in time and revisit series from other eras – whether on TVLand or via Hulu, Amazon et al.

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by Deborah Harter Williams


The town, a 21st century take on Chandler’s LA,
The PI–a tough, witty, former sportswriter, survivor of lung cancer–like her author.
In 1998 Private Investigator Zenobia Moses made her debut with Zen and the Art of Murder, jumping in with a grabber first line –
“It rained the day I said good-bye to my best friend; the kind of storm that was packaged in a San Francisco-like cold front. December in Santa Monica could blow in from the Pacific like the draft from a meat locker. Perfect funeral weather.”

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