The new Channel 10 drama The Good Wife premieres tonight and it's been getting a lot of positive buzz, especially since Julianna Margulies won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama for her role on the show. Let's take a look closer look:
What's it about? A politician's wife, shamed by her husband's public sex and corruption scandal, takes a job as a junior associate at a prestigious law firm.
Who's in it? Julianna Margulies, Josh Charles, Christine Baranski, Matt Czuchry, Chris Noth (aka Mr. Big!).
The good: The parts of the story focusing on Alicia (Margulies) trying to navigate life after her husband's revelations are the strongest moments in the premiere. It's certainly timely to tell a story about a high-profile wife caught in the eye of a political storm and Margulies ably shows what the effects of such a scandal might be on Alicia's career, her children and her marriage. Alicia's relationships at work are another promising element: Her boss (Charles) is an old classmate curious to see how Alicia does after so many years out of court, while the firm's investigator becomes a fast friend.
The bad: The legal parts of the show feel just like any other legal procedural; I found myself struggling to pay attention to some of the courtroom scenes. I'm interested in how Alicia gains confidence at work and how developments there resonate through her tortured personal life, but the specific details of the case made the episode drag a bit.
Will I watch? Actually, yes. I didn't expect to like this as much as I did and I'm interested to see more. To check out a preview video and some photos, just keep reading.
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