USA Network’s new drama ‘Fairly Legal’ was ‘fairly interesting’. How many people have a Step mother they don’t like? How many people sleep with their ex husband? How many people went to college and got a degree in something they don’t enjoy doing? Kate Reed (played by Sarah Shahi) is a lot like most of us.
And in other ways not like us. She programs her phone to display characters from the Wizard of Oz instead of the actual names. You quickly learn her recently deceased father is ‘The Wizard’, her ex husband is the ‘Tin Man’, her brother is the ‘Scarecrow’ and of course her step mother is the ‘Wicked Witch’ (who she also works for).
We quickly learn that Kate has given up her career as a lawyer to become a mediator. Something she is extremely gifted at. Who else can talk a convenience store clerk into giving a gun toting robber a case of beer some beef jerky and $17.00 instead of getting shot and going to the emergency room? But her quirky and analytical mind seems to be able to look at the entire situation and find a way to allow both parties to win, even when they lose.
In the premiere she mediated a father and son problem, a fiance issue against the performers hired to make the engagement memorable, and robber/store clerk conflict. But while she can seem to fix everyone else’s issue her personal life seems to be completely haywire. She worked for her father until he died a week ago, the premiere eludes to definite daddy issues which may be causing her problems in the love department. There is without a doubt still a large amount of chemistry between her and her ex husband (who happens to be the Assistant DA). Her brother is married to a woman who is very similar to their father. And now that daddy has passed away she works for wicked step mother – who she openly admits she hates (might have something to do with the fact that they are extremely close in age).
Is it a hit? It is too soon to tell. But for a television examiner that has had her fill of law dramas, this one was casted and written well enough to keep her interest through the entire premiere. That being said it is definitely worth checking out and making your own opinion. If you missed the premiere last night on USA you can catch it here at this link. The show airs in Phoenix at 10pm Thursday nights on the USA Network.
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