ABC’s newest law drama,The Deep End,has been promotedas Grey’s Anatomybut with lawyers insteadof doctors. However, nearlyfi ve minutes in, it becomes disappointlyclear that this new showlacks what brought its counterpartso much acclaim.
The show is based on the successesand shortcomings of fi vetwenty-something new lawyerswho try to stay afl oat at the prestigiousSterling Law Firm in LosAngeles.
The hype behind The DeepEnd fades as its irrational storylines unfold, which prove to beless than plausible given theshow’s setting.
The plot contains a series ofimprobable, yet predictable, scenarios.
Cliff Huddle (played byBilly Zane), also known as “ThePrince of Darkness” for his arroganceand vindictiveness bothin and out ofthe court room, hastemporarily been put in charge ofthe law fi rm after the founder’sson, Hart Sterling (played byClancy Brown), leaves for threeyears to tend to his wife’s medicalneeds. Sterling returns to thefi rm after the loss of his wife andfi nds himself playing secondin-command to Huddle. In addition,Huddle’s wife, Susan Oppenheim(played by Nicole AriParker) happens to be the seniorpartner alongside her husband,playing the power couple of thelaw fi rm.
Another example of theshow’s outlandish scenarios is thefi rst pro bono case for Dylan Hewitt(played by Matt Long), oneof the new, young attorneys. Inthe case, a mother fi ghts for custodyof her son following her husband’ssudden death. However,the boy’s grandmother also wantscustody of the child. After a seriesof hogwash events, audiencesdiscover that the grandmother isactually his biological mother, asurrogate for her late son. Hewittfi nds a loophole in the Californiastate law and wins the case in thegrandmother’s defense, giving herlegal right to her grandson/son.
The Deep End has its momentsof charm and interestingcharacters, but the storylines aretoo over-the-top, which leavesthe show feeling more like a judicialsatire. Although the showhas potential, the writers mayneed to add a touch of reality tothe plot to increase its viewership.
Audiences should knowbeforehand that the show’s seasonpremiere is enough evidencefor The Deep End to be a sinkingshow – case closed.