Sunday, September 12, 2010
The Good Wife, A Bad Show.
I've seen only the first 15 minutes of this show about lawyers. So how on earth can I say that this show isn't any good?
Well, that's because once upon a time it took me something like two minutes before I fell in love with a show called 'The Practice".
If you haven't seen that show, I say go go go. It's on DVD.
But anyway, let's list the token reasons why 'The Good Wife' isn't a good show:
1. Uninteresting characters.
2. No atmosphere.
3. No urgency.
4. The not so good acting.
5. Really bad writing.
6. It's a thematical mess.
Do you need more reasons to not watch a television series?
There's a reason why the network executives were against developing lawyer shows in the eighties. They thought these shows would be boring and nobody would watch.
They were both right and wrong.
They were proven wrong when Steven Bochco and David E. Kelley, genius writers who understood life, were able to turn seemingly ordinary events into extraordinary.
But the network executives were proven right when they decided to greenlight 'The Good Wife', a show written by people who have no clue what they are doing and have nothing meaningful to say.
I had to quit watching after I saw the worst cross-examination I have ever seen on a lawyer show.
That is, when one of the protagonists on the show bombs his cross-examination but the show portrays the event as a success.
I simply couldn't stomach more than that. That's not how you make 'compelling tv'.