ANTHONY DELLAVENTURA is a former member of the NYPD turned private eye (aren't they all?) played by Danny Aiello in this 1997 TV series. Dellaventura rounds up a bunch of crackerjack crimefighters to rights wrongs that are beyond the reach of the criminal justice system. Alas, Dellaventura comes off as smug and pompous. The show's a total vanity job, starring not only Aiello but his son. It's also produced by Aiello, etc. I keep waiting for them to pull the plug. Imagine Robert McCall of The Equalizer with an industrial-strength ego.
"I think it's much more a feel-good urban fantasy" says executive producer Richard DiLello.
From the CBS Blurb:
"Academy Award nominee Danny Aiello stars in his first television series as private investigator Anthony Dellaventura, a decorated veteran police detective who has built his business on the kinds of cases the NYPD can't or won't handle.
Helping people who have nowhere else to go, Dellaventura has recruited a team of skillful men and women who get things done the first time -- either by force or by seduction. The team consists of Teddy Naples (Rick Aiello), an ex-cop who brings both brawn and brains to the job, Geri Zarias ( Anne Ramsay), a sexy New York newcomer with a take-no-prisoners attitude and a body that men can't resist, and Jonas Deeds (Byron Keith Minns), a sharp-looking electronic surveillance ace with the power to infiltrate anywhere at anytime.
With strength tempered by compassion, Dellaventura stacks the deck for the little guy, whether or not they can pay, whether or not they remember to say thanks. For the first time in their lives, the people have found a hero - and his name is Dellaventura."
Aiello on Dellaventura:
At the Banff Television Festival, Aiello shared these thoughts: "I'm an actor and I've never done those things...I want to knock people out who deserve to be knocked out. You know, the jerks in the movies who always say, 'Go ahead, hit me. I'll sue you.' I don't want to hit them, I want to punch them...Actually, we're going to call the series "Touched By A Thug" (after the popular CBS series, "Touched By An Angel"). We're going to do some lighter, human interest stories too."
From TV Guide
As the tough-talking, larger-than-life private eye, Aiello redefines the concept of swaggering, and that voice-over narration ("Sometimes things have a way of working themselves out. Sometimes they don't. This time they did.") has to be heard to be believed. But the big problem -- at least in the pilot -- is that Dellaventura and his gang are so infallible and self-assured that the viewer never doubts that good will vanquish evil. There's simply no suspense. Imagine The Equalizer without a single thrill.
- "Above Reproach" (September 23, 1997)
- -Pilot-untitled (September 30, 1997)
- "Music of the Night" (October 7, 1997)
- "Joe Fallon's Daughter" (October 7, 1997)
- "Clean Slate" (October 7, 1997)
- "Fathers" (October 7, 1997)
- "Hell's Kitchen" (November 7, 1997)
- "In Deadly Fashion" (December 2, 1997)
- "With a Vengeance" (December 4, 1997)
- "Dreamers" (December 11, 1997)
- "The Biggest Miracle" (December 18, 1997)
- "David and Goliath" (January 6, 1998)
- "Made in America" (January 13, 1998)
Ask for him by name..
Thanks to Gerald for rubbing it in...