Ray Alexander

Created by Dean Hargrove

A likable-enough private eye, and one of the few to make much of an impression in the dreary 1994 TV season. Lou Gosset starred in a A Taste for Justice in a made-for-TV flick (presumably a failed pilot) as RAY ALEXANDER, the owner/manager of Ray's Backyard Cafe, a San Francisco soul food restaurant, who does double duty as a P.I. -- when he isn't trying to find the world's best recipe for shrimp creole, that is.

Gosset's a true pro, and his easy-going charm went a long way towards making the flick, despite a rather ho-hum plot (he's hired to clear a a woman framed for murder) into a nice little piece of entertainment. And with Ozzie Davis in a supporting role as Ray's Uncle Phil, James Coburn as Jeffrey Winslow, the big shot criminal attorney who steers work his way, and Ray Charles in a cameo, the whole thing just went down real easy. But it wasn't enough to stand out from the crowd.

In 1995, NBC let them take another whack at it with A Menu for Murder, with Ray looking into the murder of a judge. Unfortunately, this second TV flick also failed to find a big enough audience.

TELEVISION

  • A TASTE FOR JUSTICE
    (1994, NBC)
    Premiere: May 13, 1994,
    Written by Dean Hargrove
    Directed by Gary Nelson
    Starring Louis Gosset, Jr. as RAY ALEXANDER
    Also starring Ozzie Davis, Ray Charles, James Coburn, Tracy Nelson

  • A MENU FOR MURDER
    (1995, NBC)
    Written by Dean Hargrove
    Directed by Gary Nelson
    Starring Louis Gosset, Jr. as RAY ALEXANDER
    Also starring James Coburn, Beverly Johnson, Terry O'Quinn, Johnny Mathis

Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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