September 23rd, 2011
10:27 AM ET
In NBC's reboot of the British crime drama "Prime Suspect," you learn everything you need to know about Detective Jane Timoney (Maria Bello) in the first three minutes.
The show kicks off as Detective Timoney is finishing a run. She hails a cab, and after a brief rude interchange with the driver, Jane’s had enough – and expresses this by slamming her gun against the cab's partition as the cab screeches to a halt. She’s not in the mood.
A female homicide detective in NYC, Jane isn't afraid to resort to attitude when it comes to those who write her off, but Bello certainly isn't the first woman to play a strong female law enforcement officer. (Mariska Hargitay's Olivia Benson on "Law & Order: SVU" will always be my favorite.)
September 15th, 2011
11:52 AM ET
NBC's new romantic comedy "Free Agents," spun from the British series of the same name, is 30 minutes spent defining awkwardness in the workplace. Anybody who has spent time in a corporate setting will instantly relate.
Set in a public relations firm, all the main office-based rom-com characters are present: the boss who's a little too free with the personal details (Anthony Head), the fratty womanizer ("Chelsea Lately" regular Mo Mandel), the sassy executive assistant (Natasha Leggero), and the coworker who desperately tries to fit in and fails miserably ("The Daily Show" regular Al Madrigal).
"Free Agents" revolves around Hank Azaria's Alex, who we meet in arguably the most awkward of situations: post hook-up with his co-worker, Helen (Kathryn Hahn). Following a few fumbles, both verbal ("Is this part lights on or off?") and non-verbal (The walls full of engagement photos were cringe worthy), the scene ends with Alex breaking down in tears.
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