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Cop, Criminal Develop Crime Show About Hartford

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    Move over "Cops" and forget "The Wire." A Hartford cop is pitching a new cop show that's unlike any other television programs of its kind.

    "The Second District," is set in a blighted Hartford neighborhood described in the trailer as "the most dangerous area" of the city.

    An unlikely pair created the show. Hartford police officer Mark Manson wrote the script and a career criminal currently doing time for a federal offense helped with the storyline, the Hartford Courant reports.

    “As a struggling police department fights to maintain order, rival gangs have seize control of portions of the city; leaving the public in fear and a once vibrant city without hope,” the Facebook description reads.

    Manson told the Courant that he doesn't normally make friends with the people he arrests, but this was a special case in which he and Felix Soto bonded over a disgust for unrealistic cop shows.

    Soto pleaded guilty in April in federal court to a bank robbery and is currently in custody, the Courant reports.

    "It's going to be the type of show that's raw, that's real. In the long run it's going to be entertaining," Manson told The Courant.

    Video for the 30-minute pilot was filmed in July.

    The Courant reports it was funded partially by private donations. The trailer, posted on YouTube, shows scenes in Hartford, depicting gang violence and power struggles within the police department.

    Onward and Sideways Productions, a New York company, told the Courant they have taken the show to several networks.

    Police Chief Daryl Roberts was not available for comment. 

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