Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Fall Series Debuts - Wednesday August 30, 2006

Another day another pair of shows from Fox. Debuting for the season are:

Bones is back for its second season featuring Emily Deschannel as coroner and novelist Dr. Temperance Brennan and David Boreanaz as her partner in crime fighting FBI Agent Seeley Booth. One cast change for this season is that a new character will add an extra layer of bureaucracy to the Jeffersonian Institute where Brennan works. Federal Coroner (whatever that may mean) Dr. Camille Saroyan will be played by Tamara Taylor has been added to the cast for at least six episodes which may mean a reduced role for Jonathon Adams who played Jeffersonian head Dr. Daniel Goodman in the first season. It's probably not a good sign though that Adams's bio is not on the Bones webpage. It seems that Saroyan and Booth have had a prior relationship of the personal kind. Not that that matters to Temperance of course.

Incidentally, the other day I had the rather odd experience of going into a book store and seeing a number of Kathy Reich's books featuring coroner and novelist Temperance Brennan - a character who bears no resemblance to the woman on the TV show who is in a relationship with a man who is not Seeley Booth. A couple of feet away was a copy of Max Allan Collins's book Bones: Buried Deep which does feature the man and woman on the TV show. This sort of thing is what our pal Tele-Toby unravels in his blog Inner Toob.

Justice is a new series from Jerry Bruckheimer about a law firm that provides what might best be termed "the best defense money can buy." According to the show's website, the law firm of Trott, Nicholson, Tuller & Graves mixes the different skill sets of four lawyers and "the most cutting-edge forensic technology" to defend their clients. The firm uses all of the techniques available to the modern defence attorney including jury consultants, forensic interpretation, mock juries and media spin. The show has a strong cast headlined by Victor Garber (formerly of Alias), Kerr Smith, Eamonn Walker, and Rebecca Mader. Presenting an opposing view on whatever high profile case the firm is dealing with this week is an "infotainment court show" (presumably modelled on Nancy Grace) called American Crime. People Magazine describes Justice as "like CSI at warp speed" whatever that is supposed to mean. I have a couple of misgivings about this show, which I'll discuss when I review it.

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