Kate Walsh is funny and so is “Bad Judge.”
Many of us know of Kate Walsh from her days in Shondaland on “Grey’s Anatomy” and then her own spinoff opposite the incomparable Audra McDonald on “Private Practice.”
“Bad Judge” is a new series from Will Ferrell and Kate Walsh who serve as executive producers on the show along with a host of other veterans. Based on the pilot it actually looks like a recipe for success.
Which is why I cannot for the life of me understand why NBC chose to pit it against Scandal on Thursday nights over on ABC. Yes, I know not everybody on the planet watches Scandal (even though I don’t totally trust the folks that don’t) and perhaps the demographics are generally different. One could even argue that something has to go in the Thursday night 8-10p time slots on other networks.
Sure. Those would all be great arguments for why NBC isn’t being a total douche by putting a brand new series up against ShondaLand and #TGIT except – that they’re just not.
I can’t help but wonder who at NBC doesn’t want “Bad Judge” to succeed. Let me be clear though, I’m not saying it won’t! In fact, I’m really hoping it does great! Lead by a woman who’s right hand and bailiff is a Black man (Tone Bell), the show offers great writing and awesome performances. I really want to see Kate Walsh, Tone Bell and “Bad Judge” do big things. It’s got some serious potential.
Maybe I’m biased here because I’m a Shondaland University tenured professor and television for me does in fact revolve around Shonda Rhimes and Sleepy Hollow. Someone give me some insight here. Am I trippin’ or is this a sketch move by NBC?
The one argument I’ve come up with in defense of NBC is the simple fact that people don’t watch television in real time any more. More and more folks are relying on DVR and the Internet to consume their favorite shows. The premiere of Shondaland newbie, HTGAWM did break the DVR record last week after all.
If Issa Rae is right and television is on it’s way to becoming the Internet’s poor cousin then my guess is program scheduling will become largely irrelevant in the next few years. Let’s hope this is true – sooner rather than later – for Kate Walsh, Tone Bell, and “Bad Judge.”
Kate Walsh as the bad judge, Rebecca Wright is as easily believable as the chemistry between Walsh’s and Bell’s characters. Those two (characters and actors) are responsible for the pilot’s few moments of laugh out loud funny. Wright is a pretty big departure from the Addison Montgomery character we’ve become accustomed to seeing Walsh play – opposite in fact, at least on the surface.
Still, Walsh’s quirkiness and natural comedic timing shine in the pilot episode. Any fan of Kate Walsh knows she’s the kind of actress that doesn’t take herself too seriously and is no stranger to self-deprecation in the name of funny – two qualities that make her perfect for her now role as “one of L.A.’S toughest and most respected criminal court judges” consistently engaging in unorthodox behavior in the courtroom sans filter.
Tone Bell plays Wright’s bailiff, Tedward – yes. Tedward. Bell is a standup comedian and actor who you may recognize from NBC’s “Whitney” or the Stand Up NBC talent search he won in 2011.
“Bad Judge” airs Thursday nights at 9/8c on NBC.
Yea. Same face I made when I found out the date/time bruh. Carry on.
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