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Fall TV 2010: My Review of CBS’s The Defenders

With the new fall season starting, new TV is bring us the good, the bad, and the mediocre, but how do you sort out the good and the bad? Here is what to watch this fall, so you can see the best new friendships, new loves, new action, and new heart. Now, According to Jim is dead, but Jim Belushi is still very much on TV, and now in a whole new light on CBS….

What CBS Says:

THE DEFENDERS stars Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell in a comedic drama about two colorfulLas Vegas defense attorneys who go all-in when it comes to representing their clients. Nick and Pete are the local go-to guys with an eclectic client list who are still looking to hit their own jackpot. Leading the law firm of Morelli & Kaczmarek are Nick Morelli (Belushi), an earnest, hard-charging attorney who represents his clients to the best of his ability, no matter how big or small the case, and his partner, Pete Kaczmarek (O’Connell), whose passion for the law is matched only by his love of fast cars, beautiful women and expensive clothes. Joining them in their growing law practice is new associate Lisa Tyler (Jurnee Smollett), an enthusiastic young attorney looking to put her exotic dancing days behind her; and their young assistant, Sophie (Tanya Fischer), a spunky and sweet ingenue who is eager to please her bosses. As Lady Luck shines on their legal careers, the partners have their hands full when it comes to their personal lives. While Pete is busy cruising the Vegas Strip for his latest romantic conquest, Nick is focused on repairing his fractured marriage to his estranged wife, Jessica (Gillian Vigman), while remaining present in the life of their young son. No matter the offense, Nick and Pete aim to prove that when the stakes are high they’re willing to bet the house on the clients they defend in Sin City.

Tune In/Out: According to Jim star Jim Belushi in a legal drama for CBS, can’t be good right? Well, this almost makes up for the eight years of painful comedy, when Belushi gives us something to be happy about. The Defenders is a show your grandparents will die for, and is nothing to laugh at. It is witty, smartly written, and uses Vegas as a character that it is. Belushi along with Jerry O’Connell along with the Tanya Fisher and Jurnee Smollett, take nothing seriously except for their clients in the pilot, and it lends itself to the location well. In the pilot, look for a special appearance by a Vegas legend, and for a great performance by Stephen Root as the judge.

Watch, Record, Skip: If you asked me in May if I would ever recommend a show with Belushi and O’Connell, I would have said no way, but this pilot is fun, engaging, and worth a look in the new Wednesday at 10/9c lineup. The Defenders starts tonight on CBS.

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