The Commish stars Michael Chiklis as Tony Scali, a former NYPD detective who is now the police commissioner in the small upstate New York town of Eastbridge, and tends to work through problems with humor and creativity more often than with violence or force.
Runtime: 60 minutes
The Commish - Stephen J. Cannell - Netflix
Stephen Joseph Cannell (; February 5, 1941 – September 30, 2010) was an American television producer, writer, novelist, and occasional actor, and the founder of Cannell Entertainment (formerly Stephen J. Cannell Productions) and the Cannell Studios. After starting his career as a television script writer, Cannell created or co-created several dozen successful TV series from the 1970s to the 1990s, often with his creative partner Frank Lupo. Cannell's creations included The Rockford Files, The A-Team, The Greatest American Hero, 21 Jump Street, and The Commish. He also wrote novels, notably the Shane Scully mystery series.
The Commish - Cannell Entertainment logo - Netflix
The closing logo of his production company consisted of him typing on an IBM Selectric typewriter in an office/study area, with bookshelves, and awards galore. The camera then pans clockwise from his face to his back. Once the camera is towards Cannell's back, he throws the paper he is typing on over his head. The paper becomes animated on a black background, and floats downwards towards a stack of animated papers below. The paper scoops up the top papers in the stack, and forms a “C”, while the text of the company is shown above. Cannell himself stated that the throwing of the paper over his head took many takes as it more often came back and hit him in the face or head. It was updated often, the main differences being Cannell's wardrobe, the addition of new awards in the background. In 1984, the pipe was dropped, because Cannell quit smoking, and (rarely) a new office for the live-action part. And depending on the logo is a list of outfits worn by Cannell: 1981: Cannell wears a dark colored sweater with white collar shirt, plus he is smoking his pipe. 1983: Cannell wears a blue jean jacket and white flannel shirt over a black turtleneck, plus he is smoking his pipe. 1984: Cannell wears a black jacket and dark colored sweater over white collar shirt (no pipe this time, as he quit smoking in later years). 1985: Cannell wears a white and gray striped flannel shirt. 1987: Cannell wears a casual black polo shirt. 1989: Cannell wears a vermilion polo shirt (with the collar stuck up). 1996: Cannell wears a black sweater. 1999: Cannell wears a black jacket with a black turtleneck. The production company's first series Tenspeed and Brown Shoe did not feature this logo. The first of Cannell's series to feature this logo was The Greatest American Hero. Throughout the history of the company, a total of eight different logos was used, the last logo being shot in high definition in 2004. The logo has become part of American pop culture and has been parodied on American Dad!, 30 Rock, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, and the season-two episode of Friends - “The One Where Dr. Ramoray Dies” as the writer who decides to kill off Joey's part.