Players is a TV drama that ran on NBC from October 1997 to May 1998. It revolved around three convicts—Isaac "Ice" Gregory (played by Ice-T), Alphonse Royo (Costas Mandylor), and Charlie O'Bannon (Frank John Hughes)—who were paroled to the FBI to use their skills to catch other cons. After the pilot (based in New York), the trio worked in Los Angeles under Agent Christine "Chris" Kowalski (Mia Korf). Episodes were basically bad-guy-of-the-week fare, though there was some character development throughout.Ice-T also co-created the series with Reggie Rock Bythewood, Shaun Cassidy and Dick Wolf.
This show features examples of:
- Adorkable: Charlie
- Boxed Crook
- Fake American: Australian Costas Mandylor did an admirable job playing an American, and also showed his talent for various other accents (Greek, Italian, Irish, variations on his native Australian) as part of his con man character.
- Follow in My Footsteps: Charlie and his con man dad, Milo, who had him working cons even as a kid.
- Friday Night Death Slot
- Gender-Blender Name: Christine "Chris" Kowalski
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode after the pilot had a title that contained "Con" in some way.
- Properly Paranoid: Charlie, sometimes. Other times he's just paranoid...
- "Rashomon"-Style: The episode "Rashocon"
- Reformed Criminal: The basis of the show...
- Wire Dilemma: In "Con-tamination," Charlie has to defuse a bomb that he himself designed... unfortunately, the builder of the bomb used yellow and green wires, instead of the red and blue of the blueprint, so Charlie is unsure which wire to cut.