ATF, U.S. Marshals Service Featured In New TV Series


Two new television shows center on Justice Department agencies, and several other productions are in the works, reports The degree to which agencies cooperate with the productions varies. CBS' “The Line,” to air this fall, centers on a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent played by Dylan Walsh. An ATF spokeswoman said the bureau is not working on “The Line” and that they were not officially approached to work on the production.

“Justified,” which began airing last month on the FX network, has a badge agreement with the U.S. Marshals, which allows the show to use the service's official logo. Spokesman Jeff Carter said the U.S. Marshals have no editorial control over the content of the show, but that retired deputy U.S. marshals are acting as a technical adviser to the program. The service also has a badge agreement with “In Plain Sight,” which is entering its third season on the USA network. The U.S. Marshals are also helping with several movie productions, including “True Grit,” a remake of a 1969 film of the same name that will star Jeff Bridges.

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