John Larroquette is returning to TV as the smooth-talking cop-turned-attorney who tries to solve a mystery surrounding his latest client in "McBride: The Chameleon Murder. " It airs on...

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John Larroquette is returning to TV as the smooth-talking cop-turned-attorney who tries to solve a mystery surrounding his latest client in “McBride: The Chameleon Murder.” It airs on the Hallmark Channel on Jan. 14.

The character was conceived by Dean Hargrove, creator of “Columbo.”

Larroquette says he became an actor to avoid business. “I’ve always said if I’d been better educated I’d have become something important but, as it is, I’m an actor. Whatever lack of discipline I had in the ’60s, whatever pseudo philosophy I thought I was adopting in the ‘love-generation-down-with-the-establishment,’ yada, yada, yada. I never really felt that but it was a good excuse not to have to go to work.”

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