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Boomtown (2002 — 2003)

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TitleBoomtown
Year2002 — 2003
CountryUSA
GenreDetective (TV Shows)
CollectionPolice
Run Time43 min
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The show portrayed a criminal investigation each week, seen from various points of view: the police officers and detectives, the lawyers, paramedics, reporters, victims, witnesses and criminals. Despite the show’s innovative style – similar to that of Akira Kurosawa’s film Rashomon, except all the perspectives agree – and glowing critical reviews, the show never drew a significant audience. The series premiered on September 29, 2002. The first season order was for 18 episodes instead of the usual 22. After airing 12 episodes with disappointing ratings, NBC CTV moved Boomtown from Sundays to Fridays, putting the show on a two-month hiatus before it returned in March 2003. Its first season ended before May sweeps, an important period in determining ratings and thus ad revenue values.

Boomtown was renewed for a second season, but to satisfy the network’s concerns with low ratings, the producers made some changes. Most significantly they reduced reliance on some of the show’s signature elements. In season one each story was told in a non-linear fashion, with each character’s view adding a new detail. In season two, they still would put up people’s names as it followed them, but there was less new information on the mystery, and aside from a few flashbacks, the episode’s events would run in order. There were changes within the cast as well. Nina Garbiras was let go, as the producers wished to focus more exclusively on Law & Order type characters. There was never any mention of her reporter character again. Lana Parrilla’s character suddenly joined the police academy.

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Boomtown
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Cast:

Donnie Wahlberg Donnie Wahlberg
Det. Joel Stevens (1-2)
Neal McDonough Neal McDonough
David McNorris (1-2)
Mykelti Williamson Mykelti Williamson
Det. Bobby 'Fearless' Smith (1-2)
Gary Basaraba Gary Basaraba
Officer Ray Hechler (1-2)
Lana Parrilla Lana Parrilla
Teresa Ortiz (1-2)
Jason Gedrick Jason Gedrick
Officer Tom Turcotte (1-2)
Nina Garbiras Nina Garbiras
Andrea Little (1)

The show portrayed a criminal investigation each week, seen from various points of view: the police officers and detectives, the lawyers, paramedics, reporters, victims, witnesses and criminals. Despite the show’s innovative style – similar to that of Akira Kurosawa’s film Rashomon, except all the perspectives agree – and glowing critical reviews, the show never drew a significant audience. The series premiered on September 29, 2002. The first season order was for 18 episodes instead of the usual 22. After airing 12 episodes with disappointing ratings, NBC CTV moved Boomtown from Sundays to Fridays, putting the show on a two-month hiatus before it returned in March 2003. Its first season ended before May sweeps, an important period in determining ratings and thus ad revenue values.

Boomtown was renewed for a second season, but to satisfy the network’s concerns with low ratings, the producers made some changes. Most significantly they reduced reliance on some of the show’s signature elements. In season one each story was told in a non-linear fashion, with each character’s view adding a new detail. In season two, they still would put up people’s names as it followed them, but there was less new information on the mystery, and aside from a few flashbacks, the episode’s events would run in order. There were changes within the cast as well. Nina Garbiras was let go, as the producers wished to focus more exclusively on Law & Order type characters. There was never any mention of her reporter character again. Lana Parrilla’s character suddenly joined the police academy.

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