For those of you who are fans of the late Robert B. Parker's detective stories (Spenser, Jesse Stone, Sunny Randall, etc.), the eighth Jesse Stone movie Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt
will be broadcast in HD on Sunday May 20 on primetime CBS.
Unlike the first four films, the fifth through eighth 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 seven 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)Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost
(2011, 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
(2007)Stranger in Paradise
(2008)Night and Day
Don't forget to set your DVRs for the HD broadcast, Sunday May 20.