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CBS | 2016/2017 – Fantasy Schedule

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Those are predictions based on feelings and CBS final schedule may end up very differently! It will be announced on Wednesday. Stay tuned and until then, enjoy the read!

 

Dramas renewed: NCIS | NCIS: LA | NCIS NEW ORLEANS | CRIMINAL MINDS | HAWAII 5-0 | BLUE BLOODS | ELEMENTARY | MADAM SECRETARY | CODE BLACK | CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS

New dramas ordered: BULL | PURE GENIUS | MACGYVER | TRAINING DAY | DOUBT

Comedies renewed: THE BIG BANG THEORY | 2 BROKE GIRLS | MOM | LIFE IN PIECES | THE ODD COUPLE

New comedies ordered: KEVIN CAN WAIT | THE GREAT INDOORS | MAN WITH A PLAN

 

Tough year for CBS with Supergirl, Limitless & Code Black not becoming the hits they hoped for and needed, while shows like CSI Cyber & Elementary didn’t deliver. Les Moonves tries to convince everyone in the press that everything is okay, even better than ever, but of course it’s a lie. They’re not in immediate danger and other networks (ABC & FOX) are in way worst situations but they’re in a downward spiral and they have to react! With a development year that seemed weak, things won’t be easy for them…

 


MONDAYS

KEVIN CAN WAIT | MAN WITH A PLAN

SCORPION

PURE GENIUS

Now Supergirl is gone for good on The CW –a really bad idea from the get go but CBS never listens– they can revamp mondays and give an hour back to comedies. Honestly, none of their new drama entries are 8pm shows. Maybe MacGyver, but it’s unlikely it will be ready for fall with all the work they have to do to make it watchable. An hour of Matthew Perry & Matt LeBlanc would be a great marketing plan BUT I don’t think CBS is high enough on The Odd Couple, despite its solid performances since its late return, to start a night with it. They will probably keep it for a later time, as a joker if other comedies fail. Two new family comedies back to back, Kevin Can Wait & Man With a Plan, both about dads at home, might be a better solution. Younger viewers won’t like this but it will remind older people the CBS of the 90s with the monday comedy line-up and shows like King of Queens (hello Kevin James !). When CBS will have football on thursdays for five weeks at the beginning of the season, The Big Bang Theory can move here like they did the years before to help launching one of two new comedies, probably Kevin Can Wait. Scorpion is central to the night and should stay here, serving as a lead-in for new medical drama Pure Genius. They’re very compatible and CBS doesn’t have so many shows right now to help launching others. NCIS: Los Angeles can be put on a hiatus. Either Pure Genius is a flop and it can come back there. Either Pure Genius works and they can keep it for later in the year, like on fridays between two editions of The Amazing Race.

 

TUESDAYS

NCIS

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS

BULL

Bull is not a show that will attract in the young demo, so it makes it a perfect fit with the NCIS shows, especially since it’s starring Michael Weatherly who just departed the mothership. And CBS can’t make the same mistake they did with Limitless. It was also an interesting option for the 9pm slot on sundays, taking over for The Good Wife but I don’t see it happening this year. But ultimately, that’s where it could end up.

 

WEDNESDAYS

SURVIVOR

CRIMINAL MINDS

CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS

The 10pm slot is a problem for CBS for quite a few years now. They have to settle with something that does okay, rather than launching yet another drama that will ultimately fail. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders doesn’t provide incredible ratings but the retention with Criminal Minds is very good. And maybe it will be able to take over at 9pm someday.

 

THURSDAYS

THE BIG BANG THEORY / THE GREAT INDOORS

MOM / 2 BROKE GIRLS

TRAINING DAY

When football will end, The Big Bang Theory will once again debut the night and for the first time in many years CBS finally has a multicam sitcom that fits with it! The Great Indoors, starring Joel McHale, is about geeky millenials. If this one doesn’t work, nothing will. Oh, but maybe it’s very bad! (I think it is based on the script, but there’s potential anyway). Then Mom can be back, paired with 2 Broke Girls. But I have the terrible feeling CBS will push it to midseason, like they originally planned this year before Angel From Angel flopped, and try renewed single-cam Life In Pieces there. And it’s gonna be ugly. I’m not a huge fan of Training Day on Thursdays at 10 quite frankly. But I don’t have better option, except if MacGyver is ready for fall…

 

FRIDAYS

THE AMAZING RACE

HAWAII 5-0

BLUE BLOODS

No change here. No need. The Amazing Race doesn’t impress but since it’s renewed…

 

SUNDAYS

MADAM SECRETARY

CODE BLACK

ELEMENTARY

CBS has finally made a decision about medical drama Code Black, that showed some promise towards the end of the first season. It got a 17-episode season, with some tweaks to make it better and probably skew younger. But keeping it on wednesdays, where it has to face Chicago PD, doesn’t seem to be the best option. I think the 9pm slot on sundays gives it a better chance to succeed since there is less pressure there and it seems an okay fit with Madam Secretary. When the season will end, CBS could try Doubt there.

 

MIDSEASON

NCIS: LOS ANGELES / MACGYVER / DOUBT / LIFE IN PIECES / THE ODD COUPLE


Any thoughts? Feel free to comment.

 

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Braindead (CBS) pilot preview: When The Good Wife’s creators go full zombies!

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Created by Robert & Michelle King (The Good Wife, Vertical Limit, Red Corner). Produced by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Alien, Prometheus), Judy Smith (Scandal) & David W. Zucker (Police Squad!, Naked Gun). For CBS Television Studios, King Size Productions & Scott Free Productions. 67 pages.

Description: Laurel, the daughter of a Democratic political dynasty who left Washington, D.C. to become a documentary filmmaker, is pulled back into the family business when her brother, the senate majority whip, needs her help running his senate office. Now a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer, Laurel discovers two things: The government has stopped working, and alien spawn have come to Earth and eaten the brains of a growing number of congressmen and Hill staffers…

With Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield LaneThe Returned US, A Good Day to Die Hard, Final Destination 3) , Aaron Tveit (Graceland, Gossip Girl), Danny Pino (Cold Case, Law & Order SVU), Johnny Ray Gill (Rectify, Harry’s Law), Nikki M. James (The Good Wife)…

STARTS JUNE 13th ON CBS

 

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Whether The Good Wife leaves the air next May or stays at least one more year remains a mystery, as CBS has not decided on its fate yet (or so they say). In my opinion, they should wrap it up before it gets too embarrasing. A show that once was so brilliant can’t keep on offering such meh episodes (and such bad ratings). It’s just not acceptable. Creators Robert & Michelle King are already looking ahead while working on their next projects: there’s the ambitious Vatican City for Amazon, about the first female Papal spokesperson, which sounds exciting and new, and there’s Braindead, ordered to series for a summer run, described as a horror dramedy, which sounds a bit weird, especially on CBS but summer is this time of the year when the network allows itself to be real dumb and plain boring, as Under The Dome & Zoo proved to be (Extant was “just” boring and nothing else much). Braindead isn’t dumb and boring on the page. But is it any good? After scratching my head til it bleeds a little, here’s what I can say about the King’s next move.

Braindead is as funny as the Kings can be in The Good Wife sometimes, and it certainly doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is a good thing since we already have that kind of “why so serious?” zombie show. It’s called The Walking Dead and everybody saw at least a glimpse of it. There are even a few fans out there, I’ve been told. The tone of the show is much more looking towards Ash Vs. Evil Dead but it wouldn’t be fair to compare it to anything else on TV right now. Braindead is its own thing, familiar in a way but different. Highly entertaining but with substance – and not only raw meat. Laurel, our heroin, has a good sense of humor and it makes her instantly engaging. It certainly is a meaty role for Mary-Elizabeth Winstead, who deserves it. Laurel is not as cold as Alicia Florrick can look at first sight. She’s fresh, cheerful, a bit of a nerd. She’s described by the writers as “eclectic and lively“. Not sure what they mean, but yeah she’s all of that and probably much more as we get to know her.

The characters that surround her are for the most part politicians, whether they’re from her family or working against her family, and they already show their real faces behind the mask. That’s where it’s a good thing the show is written by the Kings and not some random writer. They know what they’re talking about. They know political strategies. They proved it on The Good Wife multiple times. It’s not a zombie show that happens to be set at Washington DC. It’s both a zombie and a political show, and both aspects are treated with the same care. You got the thrills and the violence of The Walking Dead, or let’s say The Strain; and also the excitement of a smart TV show like The Good Wife that doesn’t take you for a dummy. Juggling with both is much more difficult than it seems and they do it very smoothly. I’d like to add The Good Wife fans won’t be lost: they’ll have a good amount of walk and talk scenes, dialogues on the phones and the pilot starts the same way as a lot of the legal series’ episodes do, by showing an internet video, here it’s car crash in Russia directly followed by the fall of a meteorite.

When it comes to raising the stakes and giving us a good idea of what the show will look like on a weekly basis, the Kings kind of fail. They made a choice: not showing all their cards in the pilot. They don’t use flashbacks or flashfowards or any other writing tricks. I respect that. Totally. That’s the way most of cable shows work. And they treated Braindead as such. For a network, even during summertime, it’s dangerous but courageous. Hope they’ll be rewarded for it. And I also hope they have a plan but you can’t seriously throw yourself into that kind of story without a plan!

Something really good can come out of that pilot script and that idea of a television show, but Braindead isn’t there yet. For now, it’s total exposure. Getting to know the characters, understanding the political situation -which is never that easy- and attending the first few days of the epidemy. Will it become a survival show at some point? We don’t know, but we sure hope so. There’s exciting stuff ahead and there’s exciting stuff right now. We just have to accept Braindead isn’t a flashy show that makes your head spinning from the get go and leaves you breathless after an hour. It’s a more traditional writing but a very good one thrown into a mix of genres that makes it everything but traditional. It won’t make your brain hurts… yet.

 

NEXT REVIEW: AMERICAN GOTHIC (CBS)

CBS’s Fall Schedule revealed / Trailers

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MADAM SECRETARY – SUNDAY

THE GOOD WIFE – SUNDAY – 9pm

CSI: CYBER – 10pm

 

THE BIG BANG THEORY / LIFE IN PIECES – MONDAY – 8pm (September)

SUPERGIRL – MONDAY – 8pm (Novvember)

SCORPION – MONDAY – 9pm

NCIS: LOS ANGELES – MONDAY – 10pm


NCIS – TUESDAY – 8pm

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – TUESDAY – 9pm

LIMITLESS – TUESDAY – 10pm

 

SURVIVOR – WEDNESDAY – 8pm

CRIMINAL MINDS – WESNESDAY – 9pm

CODE BLACK – WEDSNESDAY – 10pm

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (September)

THE BIG BANG THEORY / LIFE IN PIECES  – THURSDAY – 8pm (November)

MOM / ANGEL FROM HELL – THURSDAY – 9pm

ELEMENTARY – THURSDAY – 10pm

THE AMAZING RACE – FRIDAY – 8pm

HAWAII 5-0 – FRIDAY – 9pm

BLUE BLOODS – FRIDAY

 

MID-SEASON

CSI (2-HOUR SERIES FINALE)

PERSON OF INTEREST

THE ODD COUPLE

MIKE & MOLLY

2 BROKE GIRLS

RUSH HOUR

CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS

CBS | 2015/2016 – Fantasy Schedule

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 Those are predictions based on feelings and NBC final schedule may end up very differently! It will be announced on Wesnesday. Stay tuned and until then, enjoy the read!

Dramas renewed: CSI – NCIS – CRIMINAL MINDS – THE GOOD WIFE – BLUE BLOODS – NCIS: LOS ANGELES – HAWAII 5-0 – PERSON OF INTEREST – ELEMENTARY – SCORPION – MADAM SECRETARY – CSI: CYBER

New dramas ordered: SUPERGIRL – CODE BLACK – LIMITLESS – CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS – RUSH HOUR

Comedies renewed: THE BIG BANG THEORY – MIKE & MOLLY – 2 BROKE GIRLS – MOM – THE ODD COUPLE

New comedies ordered: LIFE IN PIECES / AMY FROM HELL

MONDAYS

September / 8pm- THE BIG BANG THEORY / AMY FROM HELL

November / 8pm- 2 BROKE GIRLS / AMY FROM HELL

9pm- SCORPION

10pm- NCIS: LOS ANGELES

Scorpion did well the past season at 9 and it was not an easy bet since CBS put sitcoms there for decades. They shouldn’t mess with that, keep the momentum, especially since they’ll have a new comedy to launch just before, first helped by relocated The Big Bang Theory during football, then paired with -more compatible- 2 Broke Girls, which lost steam. NCIS: Los Angeles stay put at 10. It would be a mistake to move it again. Too soon. Plus, Castle is no longer a threat but Blindspot on NBC could be. Too risky to launch something new against it.

TUESDAYS

8pm- NCIS

9pm- NCIS: NEW ORLEANS

10pm- RUSH HOUR

I’m not sure CBS care that much about Rush Hour. Yes, they ordered it but it’s a Warner Bros. production. I don’t think they’re betting a lot on it. They’ll give it a try there. It will bomb and then they will be able to bring back CSI: Cyber and it will be a special night dedicated to old people. CSI: Cyber wanted to skew young, but it’s a big miss! It doesn’t work and it skews old. For a first season, it’s really concerning. CBS decided to renew it nonetheless and reboot it a little bit. It won’t change anything. This one’s gonna be dead long before the syndication gods can help it. I don’t see where to put it else than Tuesday at 10, with a decent lead-in though. Will Patricia Arquette do better than Person Of Interest? It would be sad, but it’s likely. CSI: Cyber is way more compatible with the NCIS franchise than Person Of Interest was or Rush Hour is…

WEDNESDAYS

8pm- SURVIVOR

9pm- LIMITLESS

10pm- CRIMINAL MINDS

It’s about time CBS stops using Survivor, which is still a decent lead-in, to help Criminal Minds. The show is old and it begins to show. Plus, it’s too expensive, CBS co-owns with ABC Studios, they don’t make that much money out of it. Put it at 10! I see Wednesday working the same way as Monday: an old show at 10, with something new at 9. Limitless is CBS’s new pop-corn series after Scorpion, it deserves to get that chance. Rush Hour is another option, but let’s use this strategy with the best one.

THURSDAYS

September / THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

November / 8pm- THE BIG BANG THEORY / THE ODD COUPLE

9pm- LIFE IN PIECES / MOM

10pm- ELEMENTARY

Life In Pieces is some kind of new Modern Family. If it’s as solid as it should be, CBS can try it at 9. Pairing it with The Big Bang Theory wouldn’t make sense because 1/ They wouldn’t really work together 2/ The Odd Couple is renewed and it can’t move and become The Millers 2.0Life In Pieces & Mom is a pair that works better, even if I hate pairing a multicamera comedy with a single-camera comedy. But CBS doesn’t leave us much of a choice! At 10, I’m sad to report I couldn’t come up with a better idea than keeping Elementary there. Code Black was my first idea but I thought putting Code Black against How to Get Away With Murder would be kind of stupid. They’re trying to reach the same feminine audience… Rush Hour or Supergirl wouldn’t make sense. So here we go with another year of low-rated Elementary!

FRIDAYS

8pm- UNDERCOVER BOSS

9pm- HAWAII 5-0

10pm- BLUE BLOODS

At 8, scripted shows will continue. Undercover Boss first, The Amazing Race then but for just one edition this year. Hawaii 5-0 & Blue Bloods stay put, but one of them will have to go sooner or later to give its place to NCIS: Los Angeles for example.

SUNDAYS

8pm- MADAM SECRETARY

9pm- CODE BLACK

10pm- THE GOOD WIFE

This year, CBS successfully launched Madam Secretary on Sunday right behind 60 minutes and just before The Good Wife. Assuming The Good Wife‘s 7th season will be its last -as its creators want to- the show can move at 10 where its low ratings on the demo won’t be a concern anymore, plus it’s no longer a decent lead-in (Battle Creek learnt it the hard way). But was it ever? They need to give a shot of fresh blood to the night and medical drama Code Black seems the perfect way to do so! The Marcia Gay Harden-driven show would fit well with the so-called “prestige” night and its feminine vibe. It will prevent Code Black from being a huge it, but the expectations are so low that it can also be protected and with a 55-yearl old lead, it ‘sad but it’s the truth: CBS knows exactly it will be weak on the demo.

MID-SEASON

PERSON OF INTEREST / CSI / CSI: CYBER / CRIMINAL MINDS; BEYOND BORDERS / MIKE & MOLLY / SUPERGIRL

CSI will probably be back for just a 2-hour movie. Put it on a Sunday around December and you’re good to go. Person of Interest‘s fifth and expected final season will get The Mentalist treatment: an uninterrupted run during winter. Where? On Wednesday at 8 when Survivor is on hiatus? Doesn’t look good but why not? Regarding Supergirl… Gosh. I don’t know what to do with that. That’s why I decided to keep it for midseason (summer would be better…). I doubt CBS will give it the post-Superbowl slot since they don’t produce it in-house, it’s Warner Bros. but it may be the only way for it to work and tell the work: you wre wrong, we are young, look at us ! But in which regular timeslot then? I have no idea… It has to be at 8 to reach the younger viewers… Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders looks more like a midseason back-up. As always, Mike & Molly will be used as a midseason replacement if one of the new comedies fail. It would be fun that someday they can’t find a slot to put it because their new comedies would have worked! Who know? Maybe this it!


What do YOU think?

“Doubt” (CBS) pilot preview: Another legal drama that is NOT “The Good Wife” but…

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Written & produced by Joan Rater & Tony Philan (Grey’s Anatomy, Madam Secretary). Co-produced by Sarah Timberman & Carl Beverly (Elementary, Unforgettable, Justified). Directed by Adam Bernstein (Oz, Breaking Bad, Californication). For CBS, CBS Television Studios & Timberman-Beverly Productions. 65 pages.

Description: Sadie Barrow, a smart, successful 30-something defense attorney, shockingly falls in love with one of her very rich clients, Billy Conway, who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime. As of now, she has been able to hide the affair from her colleagues at Klein & Associates, but she knows the truth will come out eventually and it could put her career in jeopardy…

With KaDee Strickland (Private Practice, Secrets & Lies), Teddy Sears (American Horror Story, Masters of Sex, Raising the bar), Laverne Cox (Orange is the new black), Dreama Walker (The Good Wife, Don’t Trust the B****, Compliance), Dulé Hill (Psych, The West Wing), Elliott Gould (Friends, Ray Donovan, American History X), Kobi Libii (Alpha House)…

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Sometimes, life is unfair. For Doubt, life is very unfair indeed. I read the pilot script just after watching the greatest episode of The Good Wife this year, and clearly Doubt can’t compare. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t good. It’s just that The Good Wife is beyond brilliant. If the show wasn’t developed for the same network, it wouldn’t be that big of a problem, but it is. And The Good Wife is not dead yet. We’ll get one more year, at least. Lucky us. I doubt Doubt can be paired with Michelle & Robert King’s drama on Sundays, or put somewhere else on the schedule. It wouldn’t fit. In fact, CBS should forget the legal drama genre for a bit, so we can mourn The Good Wife peacefully when the time will come…

Sadie Barrow is certainly cute and I love Kadee Strickland since Private Practice -and I miss her since I don’t watch Secrets & Lies– but she’s no Alicia Florrick/Julianna Margulies, though she totally deserves to be the lead of a show. Sadie is more of the Meredith Grey/women of the Shondaland kind. Doubt has been created by two ex-writers and producers of Grey’s Anatomy, and it shows. Doubt is soapy. Not a problem for me, I like it. But will CBS audience do? It’s a huge bet. And CBS is not used to bet on anything, or just once a year. And their next bet is already called Supergirl. Anyway. Doubt is your classical legal drama with two prominent cases dealt with in the pilot episode. They are not particularly original but they do the job efficiently. I quite liked what they did with a man called the “subway pusher” who, as you can imagine, killed a woman by pushing her onto the tracks of the subway. The man is sick, crazy sick, and it reflects on his attorney, Cameron Wirth, a very interesting character since it’s a transgender woman, played by Laverne Cox, revealed by Orange is the new black. She shares some part of her personal story with her client, but there are many more things to say about her and I’m already sad we’ll probably never get a chance to hear it. She teams up with a second year associate, played by the sparkling Dreama Walker. Those two excited me. I wanted more of them.

The whole love affair story didn’t excite me this much for a simple reason: the accused is clearly not a murderer! He is handsome, gentle, even touching… he’s kind of perfect and there is no twist at some point telling you: “Hey, the man you find so attractive and cool is, in fact, the real killer!”. Maybe they’re planning to reveal it a later time but it will already be too late. It is a now or never situation in my opinion. You have to show quickly what you’re TV series is made of. That’s the way it works now, like it or not. I’m not asking to pile up cliffhangers like in a Shonda Rhimes show, I’m just asking for one! And Doubt gives none. In the last scene, Sadie tells her mom -who’s in prison for something we’re not aware of- she has an affair with her client. It is also revealed Carolyn, the mom, has a love connection with Sadie’s boss, Isaiah Klein. I’m sorry but it feels a little bit too close to the Richard/Ellis storyline in Grey’s Anatomy. And it’s not pilot material. It’s just a good story for later in the season, nothing more. If ordered, the first season will deal with Bill Conway’s trial, and it’s a little thin to fill in 22 episodes… After it is closed? I fear the show becomes a fine soapy legal drama we don’t particularly need. But I’d probably watch it so…

Doubt is a decent but shy show developed by/for the wrong network. On ABC or NBC, why not! On CBS, duh? If by any chance it gets picked-up to series, I’ll support it and even pray for it. I love the cast, I like the characters and their dynamics. But let’s be realistic here: it’s not gonna happen. 

“The Adversaries” (ABC) pilot preview: The Good Father, The Good Daughter & The Not So Good Wife

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Written and produced by David Zabel (ER, Detroit 187, Betrayal, Lucky 7). Co-produced by Tommy Burns (Harry’s Law, The Crazy Ones, ER). Directed by Stephen Cragg (ER, Nashville, Grey’s Anatomy). For ABC & ABC Studios. 53 pages.

Description: For the past few decades, the Hayward family has been as close to a New York City legal dynasty as it gets. This dynasty is put in turmoil when the patriarch, Charlie, is indicted on federal charges and the daughter, Jaime, a star prosecutor, finds herself in a difficult position, stuck between the family she loves and the office she works for. She must decide which side she will fight on…

With Terry O’Quinn (Lost, Alias, 666 Park Avenue, Gang Related, The Stepfather), Kristen Hager (Being Human US, Beach Girls), Christine Lahti (Chicago Hope, Hawaii 5-0, Jack & Bobby), Lenny Platt (How to Get Away With Murder), Christine Evangelista (Kill Point, Chicago Fire, Detroit 187), Enuka Okuma (Rookie Blue, Sue Thomas F.B. Eye)…

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When we thought we have seen it all in the legal drama genre with the Law & Order franchise and David E. Kelley hit shows Ally McBeal, The Practice & Boston Legal, Damages came out of nowhere and proved us wrong. Then arrived the incredible The Good Wife. And six seasons later, we’re still amazed by the show. How can a new legal drama survive in nowadays’ TV landscape, when Law & OrderThe Practice and The Good Wife set the bar that high? I have no idea, and the networks either. SuitsFranklin & Bash and a few others are just less interesting iterations of what we have already seen. They’re watchable, enjoyable, but not much more. Even E. Kelley himself is struggling (Harry’s Law). The Adversaries is exactly that: not something new, not something bad, not something we’d be willing to really give a chance. And it’s sad. But one day, the next great legal drama will come our way.

The Adversaries is trying to distinguish itself through the family drama perspective, but even that has already been made and it doesn’t make that much of a difference in the end. Yeah, they’re all lawyers in the family, but so what? Page 45, there’s this line: “We have an empathy deficit“. It’s the daughter analyzing why the jury probably won’t side for her father in court. And it’s exactly why the audience won’t like the show either: there’s an empathy deficit for the whole family! They’re rich, they live in beautiful apartments in New York and, wait for it… they’re good people at the same time! They are too good to be true. It would have been very much easier to hate/love them if they were bad people doing very bad thing things. Not all of them, but some of them. But no. It’s the good father, with the good daughters, the good employees and there’s just the mother that may be not that good but she is just keeping a big secret from them and the reason why is probably… to protect them. I don’t think it’s what people are looking for on TV right now.

While reading the pitch, if you thought -like me- the show was about the daughter moving heaven and earth to help her father going out of jail for an entire season, maybe more, then you were wrong. It’s what she does during the whole pilot -plus flirting with another female lawyer, ‘cos she’s a lesbian and that’s great for a female lead!- but she succeeds in the end and she refuses to join her father’s firm. So, the next episodes will consist mostly of the father and the daughter fighting in court against each other. It could quickly become quite boring, redundant, and I fear the family secrets (a mysterious dead son) and the romantic storylines won’t be enough to keep us interested for the long haul, even if Terry O’Quinn & Christine Lahti are great actors that certainly have a great chemistry on screen. They have very funny lines, and in general, the dialogues are really good. There’s a cheesy love song about family right in the middle of the pilot, because the other daughter is a law student and also an artist, and it feels totally out of place.

I really don’t see ABC ordering The Adversaries to series. It will skew old and it doesn’t really fit with the schedule. It’s efficient and pleasant but a little outdated. ABC has bigger fishes to fry than giving it a try.