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    Robert B. Parkerís Jesse Stone

    Herman has been trying to get me to watch a series of films for a long time about Jesse Stone, who is a chief of police in a small town called Paradise on the Atlantic Coast of New England.

    I have been a Tom Selleck fan (Selleck plays Stone in the series) from way back to Magnum P.I.

    What I especially like about this series is the quality of everything from the music sound track to the camera angles and characterizations.

    I just finished watching “Stone Cold” tonight, where Stone is trying to solve two cases involving the rape of a young girl and the other about serial killers.

    The supporting caste is great and largely unknown to me prior to this series.

    Selleck was a police detective from Los Angeles who lost his job due to drinking which he is still struggling with in the series.

    He has a wonderful companion in the way of a retriever named Reggie who was abandoned at a crime scene, Selleck is tough on the exterior, but his soft side is seen when he takes the dog in and gives him a home.

    This isn’t normally my type of movie, and I’m surprised I like it as much as I do. Possibly it is due to the great quality production, but also it isn’t really an action film.

    There are more emotional connections between the characters that really pull the story along and got me so involved that the two hours just flew by. And I am one to fidget during movies if I’m not totally into it.

    There is another new show I’ve been watching called Will Traveler, a summer series, which shares an actress who also appears on the Jesse Stone series. The actresses name is Viola Davis and she plays Molly Crane, a deputy of Stone’s who often gets sent in to get details of a crime. She plays an FBI agent on Will Traveler, which is also not my normal type of show. But I’m really intrigued by both of the above-mentioned shows because they are so unusual to me.

    These are both definitely more Herman-type shows than I would normally watch, but they have found a chord with me. The bonus side is that he watches the shows with me so we aren’t in separate rooms watching different shows.

    Now, I can’t really see myself converting Herman over to my taste in films or television, nor he converting me to his action films. But these shows seem somewhere in between and we both find something to like.

    I definitely think you should give both these shows a try and see if like me you surprise yourself.

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com