Margaret Lyons
June 25, 2010 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Image Credit: Steve Wilkie/ABCOh, Gregory Smith, I wanted better for you. The ultra-blah Rookie Blues hasn’t met a cop-show cliché it couldn’t employ, and last night’s premiere was pretty much a checklist: daddy issues, lousy “collars,” the cop who Cares Too Much, etc. My favorite Everwood alum is playing second fiddle to Missy Peregrym? Who’s playing another character named Andy? Summer television, you’ve done it this time.

I like a good Canadian import — Being Erica, Slings, and Arrows, these are a few of my favorite things — but a Canadian cop show just feels like low-cal crime fighting lite: “[A suspect] is out there with a gun,” Andy pleaded incredibly seriously. Yes, it’s bad for crazy criminals to tote firearms, but can you imagine any American police show using that line? It’s basically how I imagine Degrassi‘s Spinner talking once he graduates from “police college.”

Honestly, I will probably watch a few more episodes of Rookie Blue. There’s not a lot on! I can only rewatch so many West Wings per week! And I remain hopeful that the former Ephram Brown will have more screentime in future episodes. What about you, PopWatchers? Did you watch Rookie Blue last night?

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