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Friday, March 11, 2016

How ‘Meat And Potatoes’ TV Shows Keep Viewers Happy

TNT's "True Crimes" follows LAPD Captain Sharon Raydor, played by Mary McDonnell (left), who leads a special squad that deals with high-profile or particularly sensitive crimes. (TNT)

TNT’s “True Crimes” follows LAPD Captain Sharon Raydor, played by Mary McDonnell (left), who leads a special squad that deals with high-profile or particularly sensitive crimes. (TNT)

Loyal followings can keep TV shows in production, even without much acclaim. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans calls these well-done, but not groundbreaking programs “meat and potatoes TV.” He talks with Here & Now’s Robin Young about two shows that stand out: Amazon’s “Bosch” and TNT’s “Major Crimes.”

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