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#1 OFFLINE   mreposter

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 06:22 AM

Anybody watch the first episode?

I watched it this morning and would probably give it a B- or C+. It reminded me of a dumbed-down version of Damages (the Glenn Close series.)

The cast is mostly good though Katie Lowes as the new team member Quinn is either mis-cast or poorly written. She's supposed to represent the audience, being thrown into this hyper, animalistic world of politics and the law, but she's a bit whiney and unsympathetic. Tony Goldwyn also is a bit too predictable, playing his usual sleazy character.

The show has an overt political point a view that may turn off some viewers. Shows and characters can express these viewpoints, and since this show is set the world of Washington D.C., that's to be expected. But a show can benefit from balance and nuance and give the various sides a chance to express themselves. This first episode had none of that, and through the words of one character stated quite clearly where it stood.

From phrelin's ratings post, it looks like this show won't make it past it's initial order of 6 episodes.
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#2 OFFLINE   Henry

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 11:19 AM

I watched, but didn't bother to analize it. I liked the premise, but don't know if it will keep my attention the whole season. First impressions, however, were good.

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#3 OFFLINE   phrelin

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 01:28 PM

I liked the fast moving intensity of the show, a style pioneered in "West Wing." Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope is solid and they've written a strong backstory.

In terms of the shows ability to attract viewers, they will get a break next Thursday because CBS is running reruns and not even a rerun of "The Mentalist." So it's only new episode competition is NBC's "Awake." If "Scandal's" ratings decline then, the show is in danger.

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:02 AM

I recorded the show, planning to watch it sometime today....

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:14 AM

I really enjoyed it.
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 06:27 PM

Normally, I'll give a new show at least one viewing but this one didn't appeal to me at all....especially the star with her scowl in all the previews/promos.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:10 PM

Watched the show, not 2 bad, and she did smile a few times...LOL.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:58 PM

Just watched the second episode and we're liking the show.

But against a rerun of "The Mentalist" and the ratings dud "Awake" the show got the same ratings it did in its premier week. Normally that would be good, but the premier ratings weren't great.

I hate seeing new shows at 10:00 on broadcast networks introduced in April or later. I know the network is looking for a big ratings winner.

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#9 OFFLINE   mreposter

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 03:54 AM

Yeah, I enjoyed the second episode as well. The older lady client was fun. But I wonder if the rather frenetic pace of the show is turning off the audience.
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