Genre: Hour-long police procedural
Premise: Tough detective Jane Timoney (Maria Bello) deals with sexism at work and even worse things on the streets while busting perps.
Behind-the-Scenes: This is a “re-imagining” of the PBS series that starred Helen Mirren. Bello previously occupied the NBC Thursday 10pm slot when she was guest-starring on ER. Peter Berg directed the pilot.
The Good: Probably the most stylish and best directed pilot of the season – the lighting, the color desaturation, the handheld camerawork all look great and give the series a distinct visual style. I didn’t realize Berg (Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom) was behind the camera but it definitely bears his stamp. Bello is believable in the role and deserves her own series.
The Bad: What year are we in again? The show takes place in present-day, but the sexist attitudes of Jane’s co-workers seem woefully out-of-date. I felt like this was a TV version of Anchorman, but with the setting switched to a police station. I half expected Bryan Fontana to pop in and say, “Look, don’t get me wrong. I looooove the ladies….but they don’t belong in a
newsroom police station!” The costume designer has to be fired. Seriously, Bello’s hat has to f**king go.
Will It Last?: Early ratings are in and they’re terrible. NBC just can’t catch a break. This should have done much better. It won’t last past mid-season.
Add a Series Pass?: Well, considering it’s just going to get canceled, why invest the time? Regardless, this is just okay. You could do a lot worse. Bonus for making me want to watch Anchorman again.