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Monday, June 30, 2014

PILOT REVIEW: Reckless

RECKLESS












Starring: Anna Wood, Cam Gigandet, Shawn Hatosy, Georgina Haig, Kim Wayans, Michael Gladis, with Gregory Harrison, and Adam Rodriguez

Created by Dana Stevens
Written by Dana Stevens, Directed by Catherine Hardwicke

Reckless is a new soapy drama that feels like an ABC show. Set in Charleston, South Carolina, it centers on an instant attraction between northern litigator Jamie Sawyer (Anna Wood) and southern attorney Roy Rayder (Cam Gigdandet). They are also adversaries in a police sex scandal involving disgraced officer Lee Anne Marcus (Georgina Haig) and dirty cop Terry McCandless (Shawn Hatosy).

THE GOOD: I don't have much good to say about this one. It's nice to see a soapy drama like this not set in New York or California, but that doesn't mean it's done well. It is a step above ABC's Betrayal however because I actually do believe the chemistry between the two leads.

THE BAD: Even though it was not as bad as Betrayal, Reckelss brought nothing new to this overexposed genre. The show tried to raise the stakes with dramatic reveals and the rich players involved but nothing felt overly important or urgent. The performances were fine but pedestrian. The show that started this revival of these types of shows, Revenge, was bolstered by such a dynamic performance from Madeleine Stowe. There's no equivalent in this show. The characters are blandly drawn and fighting over something that I don't feel invested in as a viewer.

BOTTOM LINE: This isn't the worst of these types of shows (once again, look at Betrayal) but there's nothing here that's going to make me come back for a second week. It's easy to see why CBS chose to stick this bland drama in the summer.

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