Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Good Wife

So I wasn't sure I was going to watch this show, but in the end I'm fairly glad I did. It was an overall enjoyable addition to Tuesday night television, which is fairly empty for the time being. I'm not sure it'll bump serious television off my list, and it's not a huge priority at this early juncture, but for a pilot, it was quite good.

For those of you who aren't watching, the show (CBS, 10PM) features Julianna Margulies (formerly of ER) as Alicia Florrick, lawyer and wife of politician Peter Florrick, played by Chris Noth (formerly of Law & Order and Sex And The City). Peter Florrick has been thrown in jail as a result of a recent scandal, and Alicia, who has spent the last thirteen years as a homemaker, is forced back into her life as a defense attorney. As you might imagine, she has a few problems to deal with, including her lack of recent experience, the fact that she's starting at the bottom of the pile (as a junior associate) and the fact that everyone around her is judging her marriage.

For the time being it appears that Chris Noth's character is going to play a relatively minor role, although there's potential for that to change in the future. Overall, Julianna Margulies performs admirably in the role, and while she doesn't blow me away, it's possible that it's because she's had little to work with so far. It's not usually fair to judge a show based solely on the pilot, so you can be sure that I'll be watching next week to see if the show gets better, stagnates, or gets worse. Will you be watching?

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