Despite being on a procedural show, "East New York", actor Jimmy Smits says the only thing he likes about that type of show is the characters—not the actual plots.
"The thing is, Rach, I don't really like procedurals. I like procedurals that have good characters—and that's why I'm having such a good time on this show that I'm working on now. When the audience gets to connect with a character like Colombo...they know what his foibles are or what his strengths are. Then, they see him in the procedural thing for the hour," Jimmy explains.