Commish, The


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The Commish is a television series that aired on ABC in the United States from September 28, 1991 to January 11, 1996. The series focused on the work and home life of a suburban police commissioner in upstate New York. The series starred Michael Chiklis as Tony Scali, a former NYPD detective who is now the police commissioner in the small upstate New York town of Eastbridge, and tends to work through problems with humor and creativity more often than with violence or force. Theresa Saldana played Rachel Scali, Tony's wife, and Kaj-Erik Eriksen played their teen-aged son, David. Also living with the family in the first season was Rachel's freeloading brother, Arnie Metzger, played by (David Paymer). A daughter, Sarah, played by twins Justine and Dayna Cornborough, was born to Tony and Rachel in the second season. The show focused as much on family situations as on police drama. The series often dealt with a wide range of topical social issues such as racism, homophobia, drug addiction, disabilities, child abuse, illegal immigrants, and sexual harassment.

 

Highlights
Michael Chiklis on playing "Tony Scali" on The Commish and meeting the real man upon whom the character was based
Stephen J. Cannell on the genesis of The Commish
Michael Chiklis on fans of The Commish feeling like they know him
Michael Chiklis on a typical production schedule on The Commish and how it affected his personal life
Who talked about this show

John Bartley

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John Bartley on shooting The Commish in 16mm
John Bartley on the schedule on The Commish
John Bartley briefly on leaving The Commish
John Bartley briefly on The Commish star Michael Chiklis

Stephen J. Cannell

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Stephen J. Cannell on the genesis of The Commish

Michael Chiklis

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Michael Chiklis on playing "Tony Scali" on The Commish and meeting the real man upon whom the character was based
Michael Chiklis on fans of The Commish feeling like they know him
Michael Chiklis on a typical production schedule on The Commish and how it affected his personal life
Michael Chiklis on his role in Wiseguy and meeting Stephen Kronish, co-creator of The Commish
Michael Chiklis on his input on playing "Tony Scali" on The Commish and how the character evolved over the course of the show
Michael Chiklis on the writing on The Commish and his input on changing lines
Michael Chiklis on the cast of The Commish
Michael Chiklis on the fans of The Commish
Michael Chiklis on the end of The Commish and being typecast after the show ended
Michael Chiklis on how fans of The Commish and The Shield respond to him

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