If you check out the cover of the current issue of "Entertainment Weekly," it lists "The Good Wife" (CBS, 10 p.m.) as its top show of the spring.
I have to say, I've been impressed with how much I've liked this series since it debuted last fall. I've always liked Julianna Margulies as an actress, but this has given her the best role she's had in years in Alicia Florek, the wife of the former state's attorney who has gone to jail for corruption and having an affair.
Alicia, caught between a rock and a hard place, has to stand by her man (Chris Noth) while returning to the work force after 15 years as a lowly associate in a high-priced law firm.
The show could have easily been soap opera-ish and one dimensional, having Alicia come in and save the case each week, but the series is a lot more layered than that. Alicia has shown herself to be an excellent lawyer who does break the case open on occasion, but she also makes mistakes. In addition, producers might have been tempted to show how smart Alicia is by making her bosses (Josh Charles, Christine Baranski) dumb or incompetent, but they are shown to be excellent lawyers themselves, often teaching Alicia a thing or two.
The show does a good job balancing the week-to-week cases against the overarching story of Peter trying to clear his name and possibly getting back into politics.
The only point where the story drags is Alicia's home life with her kids and mother-in-law, but usually they don't have much screen time.
Meanwhile, Margulies has been giving an acting clinic during her run on the show, often using simple facial expressions to convey more than most actors can do with a page of dialogue.
It's a good series, and one that is relatively easy to catch up with.
BOO TO THE ACADEMY: I forgot to mention this yesterday, but really, Academy, you guys couldn't take five seconds to insert shots of Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur into the tribute for people who died over the previous year? Not only that, but sticking in Michael Jackson, who had only one notable film role and a host of legal issues, instead was a double slap in the face.
TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: I had scary high school teachers. You've had scary high school teachers. But I guarantee no one had a teacher as scary as Ben Linus (Michael Emerson), whom we will see in the classroom in tonight's flash-sideways on "Lost." (ABC, 9 p.m.) My bet is, no kid in that class ever forgets to do their homework.
It's followed by a new "Forgotten" at 10 p.m.
Leading into "The Good Wife" are "NCIS" and "NCIS:LA," beginning at 8 p.m. on CBS.
NBC has two hours of "The Biggest Loser," followed by "Parenthood" at 10 p.m. I have to admit, the pilot for "Parenthood" is sitting on my DVD player, yet to be watched.
Fox has a new "American Idol" at 8 p.m. CW airs new episodes of "90210" and "Melrose Place" from 8-10 p.m.
On cable, TNT airs a new "Southland" at 10 p.m., while USA has the season finale of "White Collar" at 10 p.m. Just like its previous finale, "White Collar" leaves fans with a terrific twist at the end that should guarantee to leave them eagerly awaiting new episodes later this year.
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