The Shield breaks the conventional formula of the cop genre. It plays out in a tough, morally ambiguous world in which the line between good and bad is crossed ever day. The series focuses on the tension between a group of corrupt but effective cops and a captain torn between bringing them down and advancing his own political ambitions. The Shield stars Michael Chiklis (The Commish) as rogue cop "Det. Vic Mackey," leader of the elite Strike Team unit, who is effective at eliminating crime but who operates under his own set of rules. Benito Martinez (Outbreak & Her Costly Affair) plays "Captain David Aceveda," the young precinct head who doesn't like Mackey's tactics and wants to bust him off the force. And the Emmy-nominated CCH Pounder (ER & Boycott), plays "Det. Claudette Wyms," a veteran detective who understands Mackey and knows how to play both sides of the fence.
Director D.J. Caruso began his career directing some of the most popular shows on television including Dark Angel, Smallville and The Shield. He soon moved on to film work and gained attention for directing high-profile movies like The Salton Sea with Val Kilmer, Taking Lives with Angelina Jolie and Two For the Money with Al Pacino. But it was his collaborations with producer Steven Spielberg and actor Shia LaBeouf on Disturbia and Eagle Eye, which has made him one of the top directors in the business.
At one point, Caruso was supposed to be working on a big screen adaptation of writer Brian K. Vaughan's extremely popular Vertigo comic book, Y: The Last Man with LaBeouf in the lead role. He is also said to be attached to a big screen adaptation of the video game Dead Space, and there have even been some rumors of a film version of The Shield, which he could possibly direct. We recently had a chance to speak with D.J. Caruso and we asked the popular director to give us a status update on all of these projects.Read More
After The Shield came to an end in the fall of 2008, there were rumors flying around the internet that there could be the possibility of a feature film that would follow the heart-pounding series finale. We caught up with The Shield star Michael Chiklis at Comic-Con and asked him if there was still a possibility that he would bring his iconic Vick Mackey character back on the silver screen. Click on the video interview below to see what he had to say.
The creator of the landmark cable series talks about the new Complete Series DVD set, Terriers and more.
Back in 2002, a series aired that changed the face of television and became my favorite TV series of all time - HANDS DOWN - The Shield. For seven seasons I was absolutely riveted by the exploits of the Strike Team in the fictional Los Angeles district of Farmington, and that of their leader Vic Mackey, played to utmost perfection by Michael Chiklis. Sadly, the TV series came to an end last fall, with a series finale that is, in my opinion, the single best series finale in TV history (CLICK HERE to read my farewell piece to this amazing series) and now viewers can relive the TV magic with The Shield: The Complete Series, which hits the shelves in a massive 28-disc set on November 3. I was fortunate enough to have an exclusive chat with the man who started it all, series creator, showrunner and executive producer Shawn Ryan, about his magnificent series and the new boxed set. Here's what he had to say.Read More
Before one fateful day in March of 2002, hardly anyone watched the small basic cable network F/X unless they happened upon a movie they liked that was playing... or they were really big fans of Son of the Beach. I started seeing all sorts of ads for this gritty new cop show that was billed as the show too bold for network TV. We saw the big bald guy who was The Commish in a way we've never seen him before. We even saw stuff on the ADS that we've never seen before. I was never really a TV person and I was one of the few who weren't even sucked into the phenomena of 24 a year earlier. However, after this heavy marketing campaign on F/X and on Fox networks as well, I was hooked. On March 12, 2002 at 10 PM ET, I tuned in to F/X and I saw things that I never thought I would ever see on television, even cable television. I saw The Commish transform into one of the most iconic and memorable characters in the history of television: Vic Mackey. I was stunned with the pilot's conclusion - Vic Mackey murdering fellow detective/stool pigeon Terry Crowley in cold blood... and I could barely wait six more days to see what would happen next. On March 12, 2002 I saw television history change in front of my very eyes with the phenomenal debut of The Shield. On November 25, 2008, I saw the series finale of The Shield (CLICK HERE for my review of this epic, historical finale), which will go down as one of the best series finales in TV history, but will go down in my book as the best series finale EVER. For a show that couldn't even find a home on a Big Four network, it is truly amazing what The Shield has accomplished in the seven seasons it was on the air.
The first season simply blew the critics and TV watchers away with this gritty portrayal of this fictional Los Angeles division of Farmington, and the new police station called The Barn set up to enforce crime in this hazardous neighborhood... and they were mesmerized by the one cop who was unlike any cop ever shown on TV before. They simply couldn't take their eyes off of Michael Chiklis as the venerable Vic Mackey, a hard-nosed cop who runs dirty, making shady deals with drug dealers to line his and his fellow Strike Team members' pockets, but a hard-nosed cop with deep ties to his family, his wife Corrine and his young children. We even saw a touch of humanity in this crooked cop with his relationship with a cracked-out hooker named Connie, who was struggling to provide for her infant son and whom Mackey often helped out in a bind. This sort of duality had never before been portrayed in "dirty cops" before, and the viewers and critics responded in a major way. The Shield was the first basic-cable series to ever win the Golden Globe for Best Drama series and Michael Chiklis was the first actor from a basic cable series to win both the Golden Globe and Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his powerhouse performance as Vic Mackey. With that historic first season, The Shield proved to the world that extraordinary programming can be found beyond the reach of the Big 4 and pay-cable outlets. The Shield single-handedly started the hour-long basic-cable movement, and the numbers speak for themselves.Read More