Update: Seth Abramson has 10 questions for David Feige (who was kind enough to leave a comment below) and I sign on to all of them.
10:17pm: So Raising the Bar is on TNT… It’s a little hard to watch, I’ll be honest. I’ve cringed a few times already. Hopefully it will get better.
10:20: Oh my…
10:25: Um, wasn’t there an acquittal on the rape?
10:30: What about recusal? Sorry…I guess I was looking for something more…realistic?
10:31: Oooh boy….I’m just gonna go now. I’ll come back if it gets better.
10:33: Hmm. Very strange chambers discussion… 10 days for contempt? What the hell goes on in New York courts, ScottyG?
10:40: I guess relationships decide guilt or innocence or lengths of sentence. I guess that’s true to some extent (the last bit).
10:45: Looks like no one’s heard of conflict of interest.
Well, that’s it, I guess.
Overall, I think it was entertaining enough that I might watch it next week again. From a legal perspective, it was awful – inducing the same cringes and head-slaps that L&O does, except this is from the defense perspective. I guess my biggest problem with the show is that it’s not realistic – at all – unless this is exactly like NYC courts and NYC courts are a unique universe unto itself. That I have no clue about, but from my experience, this stuff doesn’t happen.
Also, I’d normally advise the writers of the show to get a quick lesson in legal ethics, but seeing as how it’s written by Feige, it’s an intentional disregard of any semblance of prof. responsibility. Which makes it another L&O (and, from me, that’s not a compliment).
I have to say, I like Mark Paul Gosselaar’s hair. A lot.
Overall: C. I’d watch this over Greek, but not the Big Bang Theory.