It seems like Jimmy Smits' new drama Outlaw is pretty much doomed. While not outright canceled, production has been halted while NBC evaluates the show's performance. It seems unlikely that the already filmed episodes will do much to change the network's opinion, but if they do, perhaps the producers could take advantage of their hiatus by retooling the show based on what's working for other series this fall. Hey, it couldn't hurt worse than its already preposterous premise. Here are our suggestions:
Jimmy Smits is not only a former Supreme Court justice, but he also has fangs and can only defend the little guy in night court.
Add a curse word to the title
$%#@$%* Outlaw has a such a nice ring to it, doesn't it?
Add a werewolf
Hey, there has to be some explanation for Carly Pope's insane hair.
Make him a crime scene investigator
Not only does he defend the cases, he is also at the crime scene looking at blood stains. He's the law and the order.
The you-got-served pep squad made up of co-eds will follow Garza wherever he goes and cheer if he wins a case. Now what rhymes with overruled?
Grow a mustache
Apparently, the over 60 set can't get enough of Tom Selleck's 'stache, so the facial hair might work for Smits.
Send them to India
And watch the hilarity ensue as Garza tries to navigate the Indian legal system. Or not. Mostly not.
Find a way to work in Vegas
Smits likes to gamble and count cards, and there are plenty of criminals there to go around. Maybe Charlie O'Connell is available to play a partner in his law firm?
Make it a documentary
Have an unnamed team following Garza around asking for his inner thoughts. We're sure one of the sycophants who work for him would be happy with this task.
Throw in a baby
When a single mom client is sentenced to death, Garza and team get saddled with the kid.
Get Betty White to guest star
Make her say outlandish things. Done and done.
Your thoughts on Outlaw and how it could survive? Leave 'em below.
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