Life airs on NBC at 10 p.m. EDT. Sneak peek review: Just when you thought they couldn't find another spin on police procedural dramas, "Life" offers viewers the offbeat lead character of Charlie Crews, a police officer convicted of a grisly murder, and sent to prison with a life sentence, but 12 years later, he's exonerated, received a hefty settlement from the city, and gets a job as a homicide detective on the police force. He doesn't have to work, but chooses to work in law enforcement for his own reasons. He's got a zen attitude toward all things, and being gone for 12 years offers a few laughs at all the Jetson-like gadgets and technology we all take for granted, but manages to surprise Charlie when progress rears its head in everyday life. I liked the character of Charlie Crews, and it hints at a longer subplot to tie over the episodic cases of the show. It doesn't hurt that the cast includes Sara Shahi (Charlie's partner and immediate superior on the police force) and also Brooke Langton (the lawyer who never gave up on him). Alan Arkin plays a financial advisor/friend. I'll give it at least half a season, but I suspect I'll be in it for the long haul. I liked this pilot moreso than Journeyman's.