Wednesday, May 19, 2010

CBS 2010 Fall Dramas...

In addition to the new dramas CBS is unveiling during the fall of 2010, they also have a sequel to Criminal Minds coming mid-season. Though it stars Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, it does not warrant a full description or op-ed because it is literally a sequel to a second-rate crime drama: it doesn't even have a unique title (Criminal Minds 2)! Between that, picking up these equally lackluster options, and shifting around some of its comedy shows (more on that coming soon), I don't know what CBS is thinking!

The Defenders stars Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell in a drama about two colorful Las Vegas defense attorneys who go all-in when it comes to representing their clients. Of course there is the buddy aspect to this drama, but also the "fast life" one: both guys go all in to represent their clients, regardless of how big or small the case, and of course they are surrounded by flashy things (and women) in the process. A grown-up Jurnee Smollett joins them as an ex-stripper now trying to prove herself as a legit attorney, as does Tanya Fischer, another ingenue eager to please her bosses. They both unnecessarily add tension amongst the boys' club. The verdict on this one is simple: Belushi in a serious role is not nearly as fun as him in a comedy.

Blue Bloods is yet another copy...err, I mean cop drama about a multi-generational family of NYPD boys in blue. Tom Selleck is finally starting to show his age in this one, as the Chief of Police, especially opposite his on-screen son (Donnie Wahlberg). Both men add realism to an otherwise tired genre but the bottom line is with SVU and CSI: NY still on the air, we're hardly hurting for such material!

Hawaii Five-O is a remake of the classic drama series about a new elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the Islands' sun-drenched beaches. The stars are great and plenty: Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, and Daniel Dae Kim, but it of course begs the question of whether or not the show has a place on modern television. Given the former's track record, the middle's lack of TV work, and the latter's so-recognizable stint on another island for a competing network, all signs point to early cancellation. After all, even when screening only the brief clips the network has released, one finds themselves looking at Kim and wondering where his counterpart Yunjin Kim, is. It's just too similar, too soon!

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