New show: “Bad Judge”
When: 9 p.m. Thursdays on NBC
Cast: Kate Walsh, Ryan Hansen, Miguel Sandoval
Premise: Well, there’s this judge. And she’s, uh, really bad. The title tells you pretty much all you need to know.
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Even before the first line of dialogue in the pilot, we’ve seen Judge Rebecca Wright ( Kate Walsh) wake up with a bad hangover, drive her clunky van with air-brushed art on the side, park illegally in a handicapped spot and take a home-pregnancy test. We get it – she’s baaad.
What she’s not is funny. Which is a shame, because the usually appealing Walsh can do funny, as she showed on “Fargo” earlier this year.
But “Fargo” had really strong writing. “Bad Judge” most assuredly does not.
Sorry, NBC, but this is just too easy: “Bad Judge” = Worse Show.
Staff writer Thad Ogburn