New York is the setting for this courtroom drama about a jury of 12 different men and women delibrating various capital crime cases while under the supervision of the courthouse staff ...
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Michael Kenneth Williams
New York is the setting for this courtroom drama about a jury of 12 different men and women delibrating various capital crime cases while under the supervision of the courthouse staff ranging from the bailif, the head clerk, the messenger, and the judge, prosecuter and defense lawyer.Written by
The judge in the first season was supposed to be played by Sidney Lumet, director of 12 Angry Men (1957). When Lumet got injured falling on some ice, Barry Levinson, producer and director of the show, stepped in to play the role. Levinson acts in the first twelve episodes. See more »
From the official site at FOX.com, "the show offers a glimpse into a world that is rarely depicted on television." Well, there's a reason why this stuff is rarely depicted on television...it's BORING. As of this commentary, I've had the unfortunate opportunity to waste away in front of the two first episodes and I can't say I'm any more entertained for it. The show appears to focus it's attention on the deliberation of 12 ordinary citizens who're nothing more than cookie cutter stereotypes that don't deserve the viewer to care about or even sympathize with. The cases appear to unfold in such a slow, fragmented and unconvincingly skewed way that there's little reason for the viewer to get emotionally involved in the story. It's not worth the effort. Additionally, the judge and trial lawyers appear to be the sole bit of consistency in this series.
Unfortunately, the regulars appear to put less effort into their characters than the jury and, ultimately, come across as less convincing in their roles than the jury does. So much so that, on screen, the regulars look more like amateurish drama students having trouble finding the inspiration for their characters after months of rehearsal. I walk away from the first two episodes severely disappointed and bored out of my mind! Sadly...and this is downright pathetic...I'd have felt better off watching reruns of the Swan and liking it (ick!!). This show absolutely fails to live up to the hype surrounding weeks of advertising for this "groundbreaking new series." And the "twist" at the end of each episode that reveals whether or not the jury was right in their decision? Who's idea was THAT!? Bad enough that the show never builds up the suspense...the anticipation of a climax...but to completely eliminate ANY reason to discuss ones opinions of the verdict with other viewers the next morning at work? That's just wrong. Deep down, I'm hurt and disgustingly insulted. Even by Fox standards. Truth be told, I had high hopes and expected better from Barry Levinson and the creators of OZ. I really hoped this series would fly but in the end, it doesn't even get to taxi down the runway. Said it once and I'll say it again, this show deserves the death penalty...
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