Sept. 24, 1961 - Premiering tonight on NBC-TV is "87th Precinct," a crime drama starring Robert Lansing, Gena Rowlands, Ron Harper, Gregory Walcott, and Norman Fell. The characters of the show previously appeared in a series of novels and stories written by Ed McBain. Lansing portrays Detective Steve Carella, who works in Manhattan's 87th precinct. The character of Roger Havilland (played by Walcott), in the books, is violent, corrupt, and thoroughly disliked by other members of the squad. For the TV series, he has been transformed into an honest and respected veteran officer.