Kate Walsh is back. Again. Only this time she knows what sex math is. That should tell you that this is not a Shonda Rhimes show. Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice) stars as Judge Rebecca Wright, a sexually active, Chili Peppers listening, shaggin’ wagon driving, hard living, Los Angeles criminal court judge. She has a different approach in her courtroom, albeit not a realistic one.
Sitcoms are tough these days. You have to throw everything, including the kitchen sink, into the pilot in hopes of getting picked up. One thing that was thrown into this one: the lovable inner city youth who the judge is helping because she sent both his parents to prison, is probably what most of your television critics find as the positive note about the show. Me, I disagree. Some of the people behind this show have comedic pedigrees that would knock your socks off. Namely, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay (Anchorman, Anchorman 2, Step Brothers). Anne Heche’s (Donnie Brasco, Wag the Dog) involvement is certainly a head-scratcher. With these names, just go for the laughs. But, space them out. The show could be a success if the writers calm it down and know when a situation can be funny and when it’s just a lead-in to something else.
Kate Walsh can certainly act, and is showing that she is capable of comedy. Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars) is certainly up for the challenge as Dr. Gary Boyd, an expert witness who is also familiar with the judge’s chambers. And Miguel Sandoval (Clear and Present Danger, Blow) as Judge Hernandez has acting chops for days. I remember when Thursday nights were the funniest night of the week. And NBC used to own them. I say to the people involved here: Use what you have at your disposal. I can almost guarantee that it will succeed if you do.
I’m going to have to watch another few episodes before I PASS or FAIL