TNT has apparently figured out the way to ratings dominance is heading back to the 1990s. Yesterday TVRage reported that Rebecca Romijn was going to star in King and Maxwell, a new series about ex-Secret Service agents in the Washington D.C. area.
Now news comes that Sorvino, who won an Academy Award in 1996 for Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite, is going to star in Trooper, a procedural drama about a divorced New York state trooper. Does this news seem familiar? It should, as last spring it was announced that CBS had green lite Trooper, with Sorvino attached to star. Ultimately, CBS passed on the project, giving TNT the chance to breathe new life into its lungs.
Sorvino will be playing (once again) KJ Faxton (terrible name), a zany state trooper with three kids. She struggles with her partner, who prefers more conventional tactics. (Side note: researching this I learned Sorvino is 45. For some reason this stunned me - I thought she was 10 years younger.)
As I said about Romijn yesterday, I do not understand why Sorvino is not a bigger star. I like her in movies - she has good charisma and is at least an above-average actress. But after Mimic, and Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, she seemed to drop off the face of the Earth. Good for her, getting this chance. I think this show will go pretty well.