Thursday, November 11, 2010
TRAILER: Sarah Shahi's New USA Series "Fairly Legal"
SNAP JUDGEMENT: I love Sarah Shahi. I first saw her as the tough-as-nails recovering addict Dani Reese from NBC's short-lived cop dramedy "Life." I was disappointed that the series was canceled, even though I understood why, and I hoped that Shahi would find another series soon. She took some time off and had a baby, then did a guest spot on "Psych." I was afraid they'd pigeonhole her as this aggressive, tiny sexpot. (I don't know what kind of character she played in "The L Word," but I will soon since her season is available on Instant Watch.) But I'm glad she found a gig where she's just your average woman trying to make it in life.
That said, I don't really like legal dramas. I tolerated "Ally McBeal" and gave ABC's "The Deep End" a shot before it was canceled, but the only ones I can honestly say I love are CBS's "The Good Wife" and LIFETIME's "Drop Dead Diva." They both have the right amount of romantic will-they-or-won't-they storylines and legal sparring. The USA network, however, is notorious for its light and airy TV shows, from "Burn Notice" to "Psych." They don't really do "drama"—that's reserved for TNT apparently. This series will most likely have some intense scenes that can't be diluted by immature jokes or explosions. While I'm confident that Shahi can carry a series on her own, I'm not confident she has the right material or costars to do it. But we'll know for sure in January 2011 when the series premieres.