Fox’s ‘Gang’ is not all there

May 23, 2014 3:44 AM

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Fox’s ‘Gang’ is not all there

It should follow then that watching Ryan Lopez (Ramon Rodriguez) try to juggle his day job as an LAPD detective on the elite Gang Task Force with his extracurricular career as an informant for a powerful Los Angeles gang family should offer edge-of-your-seat tension. Through no fault of Rodriguez’s, who makes Ryan somewhat sympathetic even as he does terrible things, it does not.

Instead, Fox’s new crime drama, “Gang Related,” premiering Thursday at 9 p.m., offers up what feels like the dregs from the same pan in which many, many cop show predecessors, both better and worse, have been cooked up, including more intense series like “The Shield” or “The Wire.” The recipe of mea...

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