The character of Tony Scali was supposed to be in his late thirties. Michael Chiklis was actually 28 years old when cast as Scali, in part because he looked much older than his real age. When Chiklis lost weight during the course of the series, the network, fearing that such weight loss might negatively effect the ratings, reportedly had Chiklis stuff his clothing to appear older and heavy set. Chiklis was also discouraged from shaving his hair off to look still older.
The news magazine that David read the article about police officers was like Time Magazine's design and the article was like many magazine stories that appeared in 1991 about corrupt cops in light of that year's Rodney King videotape.