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Like Hustle (AMC), Heist (NBC), and Thief (FX), Smith is another subversive chance to root for the bad guy against a prime-time tide of schoolmarms and righteous dudes. Ray Liotta is a mastermind who robs museums. Virginia Madsen, his parolee wife, goes to Narcotics Anonymous meetings and suspects the worst. Chris Bauer is the FBI agent in twisted pursuit. There are brief glimpses of surfer Hawaii, chorus-girl Las Vegas, and Shohreh Agh¬dash¬loo, but most of Smith seems to be shot inside the head of Orson Welles, kaleidoscopically noir enough to frighten even the French.

CBS, premieres September 19, 10 P.M.


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