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The Deep End – A First Look

The Deep End

The Cast of The Deep End

Being a huge fan of lawyer series, The Deep End seemed like a shoo-in to capture the void left by the absence of Boston Legal, alas, this show seems to have missed the mark.   When you create a series with a premise that we’ve seen hundreds of times, you need to find a unique niche.  Perhaps if given enough time, this show will find it, but for now, call in the cliche’ police, because we have a number of citations to hand out.

Let’s start with Citation #1: The man who sleeps with every hot woman with a pulse and proud of it.

Citation #2: Every woman with a pulse has no issues sleeping with the guy.   And, of course, all of the woman are gorgeous.

This worked on Boston Legal because it really was an absurd show that was more of a comedy even though it had its serious moments.  The Deep End is not funny.  Not by a long shot.

Citation #3: The head of the firm is a run by a one dimensional man who only sees dollar signs.  I loved Billy Zane on Samantha Who, but here, the writers need to find a bit more substance and less of a lawyer stereotype.  (Perhaps these writers should watch a couple of The Good Wife episodes in a desperate quest to learn some character development here.)

Then we have all of the rest of the Freshman lawyers.  Let’s just say that there is way too much sleeping around here, and not much in case work. Which leads me to the next citation.

Citation #4: The freshman lawyer who knows more than the Partner when working on his first case.  I think that was the icing on the cake in terms of unbelievable character/storylines.

In this clip below, count the citations you can hand out!

Many better law series have failed, this one should as well.

“The Deep End” stars Matt Long as “Dylan Hewitt,” Billy Zane as “Cliff Huddle,” Clancy Brown as “Hart Sterling,” Norbert Leo Butz as “Rowdy Kaiser,” Leah Pipes as “Beth Branford,” Tina Majorino as “Addy Fisher,” Ben Lawson as “Liam Priory,” Nicole Ari Parker as “Susan Oppenheim” and Mehcad Brooks as “Malcolm Bennet.”

The series executive producers are David Hemingson and Jan Nash. The pilot for “The Deep End” was written by David Hemingson and directed by Michael Fresco. The series, which premieres on January 21, 2010 from 8:00-9:00p.m., ET, is from Twentieth Century Fox Television.


January 19, 2010 - Posted by | The Deep End |


  1. I agree with your take on the series. Even the promos make it out to be about a lot of people sleeping around, that just happen to be lawyers.

    ABC continues to develop really bad series, on after another. If it were not for Modern Family and Cougar Town, ABC may be placing ABC on the same level as NBC. Well…. maybe not that bad, but you get the idea.

    Stick with Survivor, Bones and Community for your Thursday 8pm entertainment.

    Comment by TV-aholic | January 19, 2010 | Reply

    • Ironically enough, they have a phenomenal series waiting for a timeslot called Happy Town. It’s different then anything I’ve ever seen on Network TV…. I don’t know why ABC is waiting to put this one on the schedule. The first two episodes were excellent.

      Comment by Mark Cosenza | January 19, 2010 | Reply

  2. I must beg to differ.

    I must admit, I wasn’t exactly dancing in streets after watching the premiere on Thursday, but I gave the series another chance and watched the encore again last night.

    On second examination, I enjoyed ‘The Deep End’ better the second time around, already being familiar with all the characters introduced. The show has its flaws, and its pilot was a bit overwrought with stories and characters we’ve all seen before…the characters played by Mr. Billy Zane (such a magnificent movie actor playing such a caricature?) and Miss Leah Pipes (playing the horny-blonde-ditz without a scintilla of originality) verge on annoying.

    That being said, I thought the centre of the show was, and should be, Miss Tina Majorino as Addy Fisher, who delivered magnificently in all her scenes, just as she always did on ‘Veronica Mars’ and ‘Big Love’. This is a talented young woman who knows how to create memorable supporting performances in mere seconds and minutes of screen time.

    If ABC can prevail upon the producers to shape the show around Miss Majorino in much the same way ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ is built around Miss Ellen Pompeo, then this series could evolve and build in the right direction towards eventually meshing well with the other Thursday relationship melodramas.

    Since we’re both Nielsen buffs, I would also point out that ‘The Deep End’ lost not an iota of A18-49s in the Travis Yanans — the best sign of all that viewers who tuned in liked what they saw is a steady climb in the quarter-hourlies:

    – 7.505 million viewers
    – 4.9/8 HH
    – 1.8/5 A18-49
    – 6.788 million viewers
    – 4.5/7 HH
    – 1.8/5 A18-49
    – 6.960 million viewers
    – 4.6/7 HH
    – 1.8/5 A18-49
    – 7.175 million viewers
    – 4.8/7 HH
    – 1.9/5 A18-49

    I, along with 7.175 million other pilot-sticker viewers, await episode 2 this coming Thursday night. ABC needs to keep the promo drums beating on this one for a few weeks more to try and drive up that sampling of what could be a slow-growing hit for them. Downplay the sexual horseplay, and beef up Miss Tina Majorino.

    I also await the premiere of ‘Happy Town’ as I’ve heard good things about it too.

    Comment by DuMont | January 24, 2010 | Reply

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