Think of David E Kelley and one name immediately comes to mind, doesn't it? Wonder Woman.
Hang on. Scratch that. Remind me to use that intro in a year or so. Let's start again.
Think of David E Kelley and one name immediately comes to mind, doesn't it? Ally McBeal. Kelley, a former lawyer, was the creator of Ally McBeal and since finishing that show, has gone on to corner the quirky, largely female-oriented, lawyer show market, with programmes such as The Practice, Girls Club and Boston Legal.
Now, he's over at NBC with Oscar-winner Kathy Bates with - yep, you guessed it - a quirky, largely female-oriented, lawyer show that sees Bates playing Harriet Korn, one of the country's top patent lawyers, who finally realises that patent law is dull and decide to take up criminal law instead. Taking her secretary along for the ride, Korn sets up shop in a rough part of Cincinnati, where she quickly recruits Nate Corddry (Studio 60), one of her former patent law adversaries, to help defend universally ethnic alleged criminals against injustice - and sell shoes.
No really, they sell shoes as well. Told you it was quirky. Here's a trailer and a much more informative promo based on the original pilot, which co-starred Ben Chaplin instead of Nate Corddry.
In the US: Mondays, 9/8c, SyFy In Canada: Mondays, 10E/P, Space
Do you see that headline? "Being Human (US)". That's a lie that is.
Because although everything up to now would have told you this was a US remake of the hit BBC3 show about a vampire, werewolf and a ghost house-sharing and coping with life together, this is actually a Canadian remake: it's made by a Canadian production company in Canada.
Does that change your expectations? I have to confess it lowered mine. Sure, Canada now makes things like Being Erica, but it also makes things like The Listener and Lost Girl, and has a whole history of rubbish fantasy shows for us to point at and worry about.
Either way, you probably want to know what they've done to it to adapt it for the US (and Canada). Is everything identical, just set in America and with different actors? Or is this an altogether different show?
You probably also want to know if it's any good. Follow me after the jump to find out. Once you've watched the trailer, that is.
In the US: Thursdays, 10/9c, USA Network. Starts January 20th
Ooh look. Another show on USA Network. Wonder if it'll be one of those "characters" ones. This one's about a lawyer. How will it be a little off the wall and kooky, I wonder?
Well, the answer is it's about an ex-lawyer, not a lawyer. The show stars Sarah Shahi of Life not-quite-fame as lawyer Kate Reed, who gives up her life as a lawyer to become a mediator: she sits down with both parties to a law suit and tries to work out a settlement that works in both their favours, without recourse to lawyers and an expensive trial.
At least, that's what it should be like in practice. Because this being a TV series, you don't expect Kate to just sit there and chat to people, do you? No, she has to do some investigating and figure out the truth and make things right and just and stuff.
Oh, and because this is the USA Network, she's got to live on her dead dad's house boat, have an on-again, off-again relationship with her ex-husband (Michael Trucco from BSG), be employed by her step-mother, have a personal geek assistant who plays D&D and solve all these problems with charm and idiosyncrasy.
What's it called? Well, because Kate is fair of face ("Less lawyer, more appeal" as the poster tagline goes) and because she's only loosely associated with the legal process now, it's called Fairly Legal. Hmm.
Hey, you know what else the poster says? "Don't go to court - go to Kate!"
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I'm Rob Buckley, a freelance journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of, although you might have heard me on Radio 5 Live's Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I've edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for trade magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider and the equally short-lived Death Ray and Filmstar magazines; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it "web site for urban hedonists" The Tribe. I'm freelance now and have contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network and TV Scoop.