Tony Musante played David Toma, a real-life police detective from New Jersey. Episodes revolved the cases he solved during his years on the police force.
Series Fun Facts
- This series was based on a real New Jersey police detective named David Toma. Every episode featured a cameo by the real Toma.
- When Tony Musante agreed to do the series, he refused to commit to more than one full season. He would continue in the role only if the second season was shortened to 10 episodes, or six…
[show]When Tony Musante agreed to do the series, he refused to commit to more than one full season. He would continue in the role only if the second season was shortened to 10 episodes, or six 90-minute 'wheel' episodes, as was used on the _"NBC Tuesday Mystery Movie" (1972)_. Producers were certain Musante would change his mind, and return for a full second season, so they agreed to the unusual contract. But when the producers tried to renegotiate with Musante after the first season, he still refused, and quit the series. The producers wanted Robert Blake to take over the role. But when Blake balked at taking over an established role, the series was retooled as Baretta.
- When Musante left the series, the real David Toma offered to take over the role. But ABC declined his request.