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‘Unforgettable’ is not what this police procedural is


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Updated: November 30, 2011 12:18AM

Convinced that viewers are hungry for yet another police procedural, CBS serves up “Unforgettable,” starring Poppy Montgomery (“Without a Trace”) as former police detective Carrie Wells. She has a rare condition that enables her to remember just about everything, kind of like Marilu Henner. (The former “Taxi” star consulted on the show and will guest star as Wells’ aunt.)

What Wells desperately wants to remember — but can’t — are details that could help solve her sister’s decades-old murder.

Wells is a tough cookie who’s been dividing her time between blackjack and bedpans; she counts cards to make money and volunteers at a nursing home. (That last part makes more sense after a poignant scene toward the end of the first episode.)

She gets sucked back into the gumshoe game when a neighbor is murdered and her ex-boyfriend (Dylan Walsh, “Nip/Tuck”), an NYPD detective, resurfaces.

Just like other police procedurals, “Unforgettable” promises tidy crimes that will be committed and solved in a timely manner. But Wells’ seemingly infallible memory takes some fun out of the guesswork and doesn’t add enough spice to what’s ultimately just another helping of TV comfort food.

Lori Rackl

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