Bluff City Law
Sydney Strait (Caitlin McGee), grew up in her father’s civil rights law practice. After a falling out, she now must return to Memphis and make amends with him — played by Jimmy Smits — when her mother suddenly passes away. The father/daughter dynamic looks interesting and could pay off big on Monday nights for NBC. I’ve loved Jimmy Smits, especially after seeing him at a local restaurant in Santa Monica just having a hamburger. I also love him as President Matt Santos from The West Wing. And speaking of The West Wing…
Returning to NBC, Josh Lyman, I mean, Bradley Whitford is now leading a choir? I’m not so sure. Okay from what I can gather, one of the Barden Bellas didn’t get her happily ever after and now lives in a small town and sings in a church choir without a leader (Aubrey would never let this happen) and they want to enter a contest. I don’t know why Aubrey needs an Ivy League music professor played by Josh Lyman to whip them into shape but comedy ensues and what appears to have started as a TV movie was turned into a half-hour comedy for Thursday nights before The Good Place. I may be wrong, but you can tell me in the comments. (Also I love Pitch Perfect and The West Wing, so I’ll probably watch just to see.)
If you look back when The Good Place first came out, I wasn’t down for it, but it has become one of my favorite shows. I add this caveat here because Sunnyside may in fact be one of those shows I might like based on the trailer. Also perhaps because it’s from Michael Shur, writer of The Good Place, and star Kal Penn. Kal stars at Garrett Modi, who was elected to the New York City Council which sounds fancy, but the fast track of a city council man found him lost and eventually busted for public intoxication. Now he’s found his place as he’s helping his former constituents pass their citizenship test and their search for the American Dream. At least from what I can tell from the trailer.
Later in the year watch for shows like Indebted with Fran Drescher The Kenan Show with Kenan Thompson (who will have to to juggle SNL and this sitcom), Council of Dads, which sounds like NBC’s response to A Million Little Things, and a lot of crying. Lincoln is inspired by the book “The Bone Collector,” and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist will appear as mid-season replacements.