Thursdays, 9:00 PM ET on ABC
Living at the intersection of law and media, the series explores the boundaries of professional integrity and how far our national tastemakers will go for ratings, notoriety, and the last word.
This review is based on the pilot of "Notorious" which aired 9/22/16 (was about to write 23, but realized its after midnight >.> Already made that mistake on my previous review. Whoops) Notorious feels like a hybrid of various shows and genres such as The Newsroom, Scandal, and The Defenders (does anyone remember that show? Probably not.) Anyway. The premise is pretty original, and it works. It focuses on Julia George (Piper Perabo), who produces a news show, and Jake Gregorian (Daniel Sunjata), a defense attorney. If the show proceeds how the trailer leads us to believe, then these two work together behind closed doors to supply one another with lads to help further their careers and produce quality news. However, based on the previews for next weeks episode, it could end up becoming some serialized mess of a show that deals with the ramifications of the case in the pilot episode. I certainly hope that is NOT the route it takes, because I will give up on the show so fast if it is. This is NOT the kind of show that should be serialized. The pilot did a lot of things well. It showed us all the characters, the primary and secondary, and gave us tidbits to remember them by. We were given equal character development for each cast member, as well as good pacing between development and plot points. It should also be noted that the whole cast is extremely good looking, even the people who cameo for less than a minute. Its an interesting show, with a lot of potential and can be a whole lot of fun. As a genre mashup, I suspect it could pull in some high numbers at first. This is one to watch. What I mean by that is, lets watch and see how it all turns out. Will it stay fresh and smart, or will it become that awful serial mess I described earlier. One to watch =p.
I just binged on the first 3 episodes of this one today. The show's promotional trailer was not very good in my opinion, but maybe that's because this was a movie retooled to run as a miniseries. I really only watched to see what Piper Perabo was working on after Covert Affairs. I am so glad I gave this one a shot, because thus far the show seems quite good. I honestly hope the writers can keep up with the pace they have set. To me it feels a lot like Scandal, so I think it's brilliantly positioned to pull in the Scandal audience while Kerry Washington is taking some pregnancy leave. I also just read the Notorious was based on the "partnership" of real-life criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and the Larry King Live news producer Wendy Walker. If this is true, I guess Larry's character got a serious makeover. If you like Scandal definitely check this one out. If it's set up as a mini series, it may not go more than a season, but you won't want to miss it.
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