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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by megory, Jun 25, 2011.
We enjoyed it, which means its likely due for cancellation any day now.
USA stuff tends to get longer runs than it would on other networks.
USA almost always hits it out of the park for me. Of all of the USA original shows, while I like some better than others, I can't think of one that I haven't liked enough to make a point of watching.
What are some other good USA shows? Only ones I remember watching are Monk, Psych and Suits.
Silk Stalkings. More recently Covert Affairs.
Oh, I watch Covert Affairs. I was thinking that was on TBS.
The ones we watch are:
In Plain Sight
And we'll be trying Necessary Roughness.
Some of those are better than others, but I think they're all at least as good as the stuff on the regular networks. I think most of them are better.
I liked it. Typical USA Network fare, where you have to suspend belief. But that's ok. it was fun. The one thing that kind of irked me, but it's minor, was that the Unlawyer was so "in your face" toward his new boss and kept wanting to stick it to him. I don't care who you are, but if my new boss stuck his neck out for me like that, I think I'd show him a bit more respect. But I think that it makes the show fun, so I can get past it.
I think USA Network more consistently puts out shows I like more than any other network. Outside of the CSIs, we probably watch just about all of them and enjoy them. I never got into Psych, but I go back on USA to watching The 4400. Always entertaining and fun, even shows in genres that I generally don't like.
You'll like this: http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/06/usa_shows.html
This was my problem. It's not even that they didn't check with Harvard. It's that he would have to pass the bar (as himself) in order to be employed as a lawyer, and he has to be a graduate of an accredited law school in order to sit for the bar. So basically, the boss is in danger of losing his own license because he's aiding someone in the unauthorized practice of law. Seems like they could have easily gotten around this by simply using the explanation that the rookie is still waiting for the state bar to process his application and he's going to work under the boss until it's approved.
Actually, it depends what you mean. Most law schools do a very poor job preparing their graduates to actually practice law. Law schools are much more about the theory and teaching students "how to think like a lawyer." But learning how to actually practice law (write motions, perform legal research, communicate with clients and opposing counsel, courtroom procedure) is typically learned on the job, not in law school.
I think the premise would have worked better if the lawyer WAS the boss of the firm. At least if he ran the firm, he could have circumvented the background check rules and it would have been more plausible. The "Brackman" (for those who used to watch LA Law, Brackman was the partner who managed the firms day to day ops) like lawyer, seems so straightlaced that there would have been no way that anyone would get hired without any kind of background check. Me thinks that eventually he'll catch on.
Another issue I had with the casting: Gina Torres is three years older than Gabriel Macht. But the character played by Gina Torres was supposedly in enough of a position of authority in the firm that when the Gabriel Macht character started in the mail room, she spotted his potential, paid for him to go to law school, hired him, and now made him a senior partner. Wouldn't she have to be more like 15-20 years older than him for that to make sense?
Definitely had the cinematic look of White Collar, but Harvey's charisma reminded me so much of don draper on Mad Men. Okay with more sense of humor.
I suppose it's theoretically possible that she was very young when she graduated law school, was super driven and made partner by age 30. It's also possible that when she was 30 and just made partner, Harvey was 25 and working in the mail room. She encouraged him to go to law school, he graduated at 28, and now he's been an attorney with the firm for 7-8 years.
But the way she talked about plucking him from the mail room, paying for his school, and hiring him at the firm despite him being a bit of a screw up, it's highly unlikely a junior partner would have that kind of pull at a big NYC firm like that. I just didn't buy it. Either they should have cast someone a little older in the Gina Torres role or they should have changed that line to say something like, "...when I stuck my neck out for you with the senior partners and recommended that they pay for you to go to law school and hire you..."
You are expecting WAY too much from a USA program. USA is more of a "sit back and watch" kind of network. If you nitpick it, the whole series will fall apart. How much of Burn Notice is real? Hardly any. But it's amusing to watch... Just have to ignore reality when doing so.
The whole "paid for him to go to law school" thing was a "huh?" moment for me. Were they supposed to be married at some point in the past or something?
I realize that, and I agree for the most part. I was simply pointing out a very minor tweak they could have made that would have made the situation a little more plausible and not provided an opportunity to nitpick.
I took it to mean that the firm paid for him to go to law school, but the firm was doing so at the direction and on the authority of the Gina Torres character, who saw potential in him while he was working in the mail room.
Obviously Gina Torres is playing a character in her late 50s, just like Christine Baranski on "The Good Wife." She just has vastly more spectacular genes. Because she's Gina Torres.
We really don't know much about Torres' character yet. She could be the daughter of the head of the firm who has now retired -- not unusual.
This makes sense. Her's is the first name on the firm's name.
I hadn't realized that her character's name is Jessica Pearson, and I think the firm is called Pearson Hardman, so she's either related to the founding partner or she is the founding partner. That makes it a little more plausible how she has so much authority so young.