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For those of you who are fans of the late Robert B. Parker's detective stories (Spenser, Jesse Stone, Sunny Randall, etc.), the seventh Jesse Stone movie Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost will be broadcast in HD on Sunday May 22 on primetime CBS.

Unlike the first four films, the fifth through seventh movies are original scripts, not based on a Parker novel.

Tom Selleck reprises his role as Jesse Stone, the Chief of Police in the New England small town of Paradise, Mass. The stories are beautifully filmed in HD with a solid supporting cast that includes Viola Davis and Kathy Baker as deputies. The Jesse Stone novels are tight and stylish "police procedural" stories, fully adult in nature and well written. Jesse Stone is a complex character who struggles with an alcohol addiction, his feelings for his ex-wife, his demanding job, and a series of beautifull girlfriends. Tom Selleck is at least 20 years older than the Jesse Stone character in the novels, but I'll have to say he has been uniformly excellant in the first six films.

No, these are not action films. Most often, Jesse fires a single shot in a scene near the end of the film.

If you missed the prior broadcasts these were the earlier films:

Stone Cold (2005, available on DVD)
Jesse Stone: Night Passage (2006, available on DVD)
Jesse Stone: Death In Paradise (2006, available on DVD)
Jesse Stone: Sea Change (2007, available on DVD)
Jesse Stone: Thin Ice (2009, available on DVD)
Jesse Stone: No Remorse (2010, available on DVD)

Note: If you want to catch up, view Jesse Stone: Night Passage first, as the novels were filmed out of order, and Night Passage is the series beginning, relating how a drunken Los Angeles homicide cop got his job after a painfull divorce.

For reference, the Robert B. Parker novels are:

Night Passage (1997)
Trouble In Paradise (1998)
Death In Paradise (2001)
Stone Cold (2003)
Sea Change (2006)
High Profile (2007)
Stranger in Paradise (2008)
Night and Day (2009)
Split Image (2010)

Don't forget to set your DVRs for Sunday night's HD broadcast.

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I share Gary's enthusiasm for the late Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone. I have also long been a fan of Tom Selleck, so I have watched all of the made for TV movies featuring Selleck as Jesse Stone. Although Selleck is far too old for the Jesse Stone character created by Parker, 60s versus 30s, Selleck is a delight in the role. Needless to say, my DVR is setup to record Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost.
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DVR set. Although this series has been a bit uneven, it's always very watchable thanks to an outstanding ensemble cast.
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I share Gary's enthusiasm for the late Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone. I have also long been a fan of Tom Selleck, so I have watched all of the made for TV movies featuring Selleck as Jesse Stone. Although Selleck is far too old for the Jesse Stone character created by Parker, 60s versus 30s, Selleck is a delight in the role. Needless to say, my DVR is setup to record Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost.

I agree. Saddened to hear of Parker's death but recently his widow announced that the series would live on in print as his long-time friend would continue the series.

http://www.newser.com/article/d9ms5i...ne-novels.html

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I love it when I stumble upon some thread and discover a show I knew nothing about. Just got done watching three of them, Night Passage, Death in Paradise, and Sea Change. I'm hooked. Got the DVR set for tomorrow. Great atmosphere and acting. Thanks guys.
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I needed one of those cups of coffee Jesse Stone had so I could have stayed awake through this slow movie.

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I needed one of those cups of coffee Jesse Stone had so I could have stayed awake through this slow movie.
This was the first Jesse Stone movie I've seen. Yeah, it was a bit slow which would have been fine if the plot was intriguing, but it wasn't for me.

I kept hoping the relationship between Stone and Reggie would gel.
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Innocents Lost was a bit slow compared to some of the other's, but not too bad .. after all, it is a series ..

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I thought Innocents Lost was by far the weakest of the Jesse Stone movies to date. There just wasn't much there there. By far the most hateful character in the film was the young, arrogant, and not very bright new police chief, who is the creature of Jesse's mortal enemy, the equally arrogant and not very smart Paradise city councilman. I was hoping against hope that Jesse would bring down at least the new police chief. Unfortunately, though, little was seen of the chief in the second half of the film and we were left to follow Jesse's pursuit of a not very interesting Russian pimp. Yawn. If the next Jesse Stone movie disappoints me as much as Innocents Lost did, I will be through with the franchise, the estimable Tom Selleck notwithstanding.
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This was the first Jesse Stone movie I've seen. Yeah, it was a bit slow which would have been fine if the plot was intriguing, but it wasn't for me.

I kept hoping the relationship between Stone and Reggie would gel.

Yeah, the dog is the best actor on the show. Sorry Tom.
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Dangit, when I first heard of the film I tried to set the DVR but it was too far ahead of time. So guess who was reading lastnight instead of watching or recording? How can I get to see it?

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Dangit, when I first heard of the film I tried to set the DVR but it was too far ahead of time. So guess who was reading lastnight instead of watching or recording? How can I get to see it?

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It'll be out on DVD soon, available for pre-order now.

I quite enjoyed this installment. For anyone familiar with the characters it was perfect. Most of the story is between the lines, and the dialog between these people is in "shorthand". No complaints here.
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