Cincinnati Detectives Go ‘Inside Homicide’

Inside Homicide (10 p.m. Thursdays, Investigation Discovery) follows Cincinnati detectives Jenny Luke and Jennifer Mitsch along with Atlanta’s Summer Benton as they investigate homicides in their respective cities.

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Detective Jennifer Mitsch

True crime has long been a popular genre of books, film and television. That interest is further piqued when the crime at hand happened in your own back yard. Inside Homicide (10 p.m. Thursdays, Investigation Discovery) follows Cincinnati detectives Jenny Luke and Jennifer Mitsch along with Atlanta’s Summer Benton as they investigate homicides in their respective cities.

If the names and concept sound familiar, the show was originally packaged for TLC as Women of Homicide last spring, but was cancelled and relaunched for ID.

To answer the proverbial, “Does it make us look bad?” question: Only to the extent that any true crime show could reflect poorly on any city. Yes, there’s crime in Cincinnati — horrendous crimes, in some cases. Lives are lost, witnesses refuse to cooperate, people want answers and the police do what they can to solve these cases. But that is true of nearly any location, and it certainly doesn’t come off as a reflection of Cincinnati as a whole.

Inside Homicide has a pretty straightforward documentary style, with little if any dramatization and sensationalism. What’s really interesting is that the show focuses on these three detectives in different urban settings, all of whom are women, without exploiting their gender for some “lady cops” angle. (Kudos on the rebranding.)

In this week’s episode, a local teen is found in the road with gunshot wounds and dies before an ambulance arrives. Mitsch and her partner investigate, finding connections to a notorious Cincinnati drug dealer.

WEDNESDAY OCT. 22

Modern Family (9 p.m., ABC) – Claire and Phil worry about their neighbor situation when an annoying couple (Steven Zahn, Andrea Anders) scopes out the house for sale next door; Lily’s teacher (Tyne Daly) frightens Cam and Mitch.

The Getaway (9 p.m., Esquire) – The Mindy Project’s Adam Pally parties in Vegas with his bros. Sounds about right!

Blackish (9:30 p.m., ABC) – The Johnsons ponder the age-old parenting decision: To spank or not to spank?

American Horror Story: Freak Show (10 p.m., FX) – The first of a Halloween two-parter introduces Edward Mordrake (Wes Bentley), a mysterious character who shares his name with a curious fellow from creepy folklore believed (but not proven) to have lived in the 19th century. Elsewhere, the performers refuse to work on Halloween, abiding by an old freak show superstition.

Key & Peele (10:30 p.m., Comedy Central) – Loving this season so far, especially the True Detective-inspired intro.

THURSDAY OCT. 23

Project Runway (Season Finale, 9 p.m., Lifetime) – It’s finally Fashion Week! Only one can be in; will it be Kini, Char, Sean or Amanda?

Project Runway: Threads (Series Premiere, 10:30 p.m., Lifetime) – Because when one PR franchise ends, another one must begin and since kids in adult competition-style shows are all the rage (see MasterChef Junior), Threads looks to fashion’s future by putting kids in the workroom. And you thought regular Project Runway had a lot of tears…

Parenthood (10 p.m., NBC) – Max tries to impress that moody chick who calls him Asperger’s; Joel feels like he’s being replaced; Amber falls for a new guy. How soon into dating someone do you need to tell them you’re pregnant?

SATURDAY OCT. 25

Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m., NBC) – Jim Carrey hosts, Iggy Azalea performs, Leslie Jones officially joins the cast as a featured player.

SUNDAY OCT. 26

Boardwalk Empire (Series Finale, 9 p.m., HBO) – Nucky visits Gillian and plans to start over in Manhattan; Margaret’s shady dealings pay off; Luciano looks to finish what he started; everyone dies.

Homeland (9 p.m., Showtime) – Quinn and Fara look into a new suspect while Carrie continues to try to sway Aayan. More “seductive Carrie.” Great.

The Walking Dead (9 p.m., AMC) – And another limb bites the dust. Can’t anyone just stay put for two seconds without suspiciously sneaking away and getting into trouble? This week, Sasha mistakenly blames Father Gabriel for Bob, Daryl and Carol’s disappearances; the show continues to force audiences to consider what human flesh tastes like. Mary Lynn Rajskub (forever Gail the Snail to me) joins Slash — yes, that Slash — on Talking Dead at 10 p.m.

MONDAY OCT. 27

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown (9 p.m., HBO) – A look at Brown’s ascent to fame as the Godfather of Soul. Unfortunately no celebrity hot tub parties.

South Park (9:30 p.m., Comedy Central) – Goth kids Halloween special!


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