The cop show is TV staple, yet despite its abundant selection of women in jeopardy, it's taken awhile for Lifetime to get one on the air.
Now suddenly, it has two. "The Protector" with Ally Walker and Tisha Campbell-Martin is pretty lame. But happily "Against the Wall" (Lifetime, 10 tonight) is better. Not fantastic, but solid and promising.
It starts with the star. Rachel Carpani plays Abby Kowalkski, a Chicago cop from a family of cops. She wants a promotion and a faster ticket to becoming a homicide detective; she discovers that the only way there is through a position in Internal Affairs, the division that investigates other cops. This does not please her dad (Treat Williams), and two of her three brothers (Brandon Quinn, James Thomas and Steve Byers); one is mostly supportive. Her only refuge is her mother, played by Kathy Baker. Abby also has a pregnant partner played by Marissa Ramirez.