After getting pounded with snow in the local Columbus area, it was a great time to watch television this week or get caught up on new or old favorites. USA Network hoped you did both; Thursday night after USA Network’s Royal Pains, premiered the new show Fairly Legal, (formerly known as Facing Kate) featuring Life’s Sarah Shahi. From the pomos, the show, and it’s star Shahi seemed hell-bent on showing off just how sexy she was.
USA Network’s whole premise of where characters matter is a wise one, for each of their shows feature quirky loveable characters, ranging from Pysch to White Collar. Fairly Legal follows this path directly, but unlike those shows, nothing sets it apart just yet. A Pilot should kick the show into high gear, or at least a general premise of what the show will do differently, especially when it is a paint-by-numbers procedural like this. If USA’s big sell of this is Shahi looks sexy mediating things, where there are almost no trials, and Shahi’s Kate will be talking to her dead father’s ashes, then I guess the show is unique, but nothing in that statement really grabs me. You’d figure there would be more considering USA’s premiere was over the commercial-hour of normal tv, which makes it sad it didn’t try to do something more. There was an inciting little fodder about how she feels apparently like Dorthy from “The Wizard of Oz” as she labels each person in her life as “The Wicked Witch”, “The Lion” and “Tin Man” and you pretty much think they’d follow that idea through but it seems to go no where. Or maybe I missed the point. Usually I lap these little literary references up but it didn’t lead to anything interesting. And despite USA’s best intentions of selling this as a show with Shahi being really sexy, and let me assure you, she is, it added nothing to the show, nor took anything away from it. Usually shows going for the sex sells angle seem to be horrible. Fairly Legal is Fairly Standard with a great cast giving it support.
I talked to some local people via Facebook and twitter, and found a few different opinions. One of the people I talked to directly watched the show watched and loved it, but seemingly only to care about the fact that Sarah Shahi looked good in the show. A few other people seemed to like the show, but thought it was really cheesy at first. Both particular individuals praised Ethan Embry being in the show and wished he would be in it more. I would agree.
Lynn fromReynoldsberg who didn’t care for it at all said: “Wasn’t impressed. I think they were shooting for the legal version of Covert Affairs and really missed the mark. It neither pulled at my heartstrings nor made me laugh.”
Hm. I wouldn’t go that far in leaning towards the show was bad, just so-so. Rarely am I impressed by shows anymore these days, but I thought Fairly Legal has potential, but it wasn’t new. I do agree that it was trying too hard to be a legal version of Covert Affairs and in that regard, it missed the ballpark, but then again, I think the show will pick up. But I could be wrong.
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