Tonight’s hour starts wonderfully, as friends roast Jerry Kellerman (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) on his birthday. The guy’s a public defender – passionate, caring and profoundly disheveled. Then – for the sake of a client – comes a transformation. That signals a strong start for the second season of this show from Steven Bochco, the “NYPD Blue” and “L.A. Law” producer.
Viewers will like these idealistic lawyers,changes and all. Jerry has had a makeover, Bobbi (Natalia Cigliuti) is getting a divorce; their boss (Gloria Reuben) is working cases again, because of funding problems. And viewers will care about the cases. Tonight, a decent chap may go to jail, because his nephew was selling drugs in the back of his barber shop. It’s smart, Bochco-quality TV.
I will DVR it for later watching, as the Bachelorette, Nurse Jackie and especially Weeds are first on my list.
For those of you who watch The Closer, that has its season opener tonight as well.