Starring: Piper Perabo, Daniel Sunjata, Kate Jennings Grant, Kevin Zegers, Aimee Teegarden, J. August Richards, Sepideh Moafi, Ryan Guzman
Created by Josh Berman and Allie Hagan
Written by Josh Berman & Allie Hagan, Directed by Michael Engler
Is it a requirement for a show like this to have to start with a steamy love scene followed by a quick return to an intense job? Well that was the first of many, and I mean many, cliches that were used in the pilot of Notorious. The salacious (a less generous word would be trashy) drama is about the relationship between the media and the law. At the center of this back and forth is high powered newsmagazine producer Julia George (Piper Perabo) and hot-shot lawyer Jake Gregorian (Daniel Sunjata). Julia works for a Nightline-type show hosted by Louise Herrick (Kate Jennings Grant) and Jake works at a law firm with his brother, Bradley (J. August Richards). What seemed like it might be a case of the week involving tech billionaire Oscar Keaton (Kevin Zegers) is actually part of a larger story.
This was a show that seemed to look at the TV landscape and think "wow, people really love twisty shows like Scandal or How to Get Away with Murder" and then they proceeded to put approximately a zillion twists in the pilot. The problem with that is there was no time to care about anything or anyone in the pilot before it was a "gotcha again" moment. This is a show that has no interest in character building or slow build drama. It is all gloss and frills with no substance.
WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
It is very unlikely.