CBS's lone midseason cop drama "NYC 22" premieres this month, taking "CSI: Miami's" Sunday night timeslot after "The Good Wife." Created by novelist and screenwriter Richard Price and boasting Robert DeNiro as one its executive producers, the series follows a diverse group of NYPD rookies tasked with patrolling the neighborhood of Harlem.
The opening sequence introduces the show's setting and characters using vibrant images that was inspired by the "Inside Out" project (www.insideoutproject.net) from the artist JR. "It was about bringing the identity of each of our characters into the Harlem landscape," explains Executive Producer Jane Rosenthal. "This is a different kind of cop show. Each rookie comes from a different walk of life, but they're unified by working the same beat. They're becoming acclimated to a new job, a new neighborhood, and responding to whatever happens on the street. Harlem is such a vibrant community, and is another important character in the series."
[Photos: Meet the cast of 'NYC 22']
The track backing the opening titles may be recognizable to fans of Jay-Z as it's his version of the 1974 R&B song "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City." In choosing the track as the show's theme song, Rosenthal says, "It was important for us to depict the renaissance happening in Harlem right now and Jay-Z's track has a lot of vintage soul." She adds, "Jay's company, Roc Nation, also served as music supervisors on the series."
Check out our exclusive first look at the opening sequence for "NYC 22":
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"NYC 22" premieres Sunday, 4/15 at 10 PM on CBS.