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Friday, March 11, 2011: The Defenders

by F. John Rickert March 11, 2011 6:00 am
Friday, March 11, 2011: <i>The Defenders</i>

Filling the legal drama-comedy hole left in both prime time and in our hearts since Boston Legal took a while, but this season, The Defenders was finally able to do it. In part, the show works because it lets Jim Belushi play the straight man, but really it's because its wackiness never feels too forced. Whether defending a guy who stole Elvis collectibles or protecting the life of a bear, the show makes sure that there is an element of seriousness that keeps the show grounded. This trait, then, is the only reason why I have any faith that tonight, when the lawyers dissolve their partnership, it won't feel like some kind of David E. Kelley gimmick.

Of course, if you're at home watching CBS on a Friday night, you're probably the most psyched about the return of Frank Sinatra Jr. to the show. He's still playing himself, but hopefully he'll have a bigger role this week than he did in the pilot. He needs someone to prevent him from relapsing back onto Family Guy.

The Defenders is on tonight at 8 on CBS.

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