STORY WRITTEN BY ROB LOWMAN
Southern California News Group
USA’s 10-part “Eyewitness” is a rather grim crime drama taken from a Norwegian series.
It’s set in dreary upstate New York, where even the greenery seems oppressive. Like Maine, which is in the midst of a heroin crisis, this is the last place you would expect to see a turf war over drugs.
Julianne Nicholson plays a former big city cop seeking some kind of redemption by taking a job as a small-town sheriff. She and her new husband (Gil Bellows) are hoping for a quiet life with their foster son.
A triple homicide in what appears to be a drug deal gone wrong undoes any hope for that. Some loose ends in the case awaken her itch to be a investigator again. She soon learns that one of the dead was a federal undercover agent infiltrating a drug ring run by a Turkish mobster.
Letting that out, though, would endanger a woman and her baby. As we often see in mysteries in rural settings and small communities, there are more secrets than crows. Two teens hiding their involvement in murders are also hiding the fact they are gay and are intimate.
“Eyewitness” is solid — well acted with a gritty look — but not special. It’s good to see Nicholson, a terrific actress, featured, but the mystery something of a long slough to solve.