The good news is that it stars Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis as a mob boss and hot as hell Sarah Jones from SONS OF ANARCHY.
The bad news is that it's on CBS.
Is there anything good on CBS? Outside of Big Brother/football I avoid that network.
The previews look terrible. Shame because I like Quaid and Chiklis but this will be skipped.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan had "Magic City" on there. Very similar idea, if not location (MC was set in Miami 1959). FABULOUS production design. Seriously good T&A, too. But dramatically, almost nothing happened the whole season. I bailed after about four eps. Kept checking in, but nah.
Moved very fast, trying to establish every character (Quaid and Chiklis, Quaid's little brother--from Life on Mars and Terra Nova, hope this one works for him--Trinity as the assistant DA/little bro's soon to be love interest, another deputy, Chiklis' Fredo-like right hand man, the Mayor, the surprise villain...). Two hours would have worked better.
Quaid was good. Chiklis felt as two-dimensional as Fat Tony, but in fairness, this night in the Sheriff's origin story so he didn't have a lot of screen time. Never much cared for Trinity in The Matrix, but the "Joan from Mad Men" fashion line does her a lot of favors--otherwise, she's there for exposition dumps. Life on Mars/Terra Nova guy showed a little potential as the sidekick, but again, everything was so rushed you barely saw him. Indoor sets were believable, although the outdoor shots felt a little soundstage-like.
What ultimately may be the show's undoing is strict adherence to the CBS rule that a single crime must be solved within every hour. The by-the-numbers murder plot took a lot of time that could have gone to character development. This show is ultimately more CSI than Mad Men, but Quaid and the overall uniqueness (and residual love for Vic Mackey) will get it at least a few more looks from me.
Was ok. Liked Chiklis and Quaid and Moss. Too much of a procedural, at this point. If they can move off of that in the next 5 episodes or so, they could have a (quiet) banger on their hands.
If not, it's just CSI: 60's.
The creator saying he wants to structure it like The Good Wife( Also on CBS and The best network drama since FNL) with both stand-alone stuff and a larger story gives me hope. I liked the pilot and it hinted at bigger things.
Yep. But I'm one who thinks that unless a show is just out-and-out fucking rotten, it deserves a half-dozen eps to see if it finds its legs (Southland is my favorite example of this - it wasn't bad by any means, but just got a lot tighter in season 2 and has been rolling ever since)