law has mostly been the law of the trial courts. Whether focused
on criminal law, family law, military law or general civil litigation,
we are rarely taken to the courts of appeal. Now, the new CBS
television show, First Monday, promises to change all
First Monday is set in the United States Supreme
Court and focuses heavily on the interplay between the Justices
and the law clerks. As the show opens, an evenly divided Court
welcomes a new Justice who holds the balance of power. Maverick
Joseph Novelli (Joe Mantegna) is on a collision course with Chief
Justice Thomas Brankin (James Garner), a conservative who has
been used to getting his own way.
The CBS publicity material promises that the show will explore
"touchstone issues." The show "addresses the personal
consequences of diverse cases as well as their overarching political
and constitutional impact."
Well, the intrepid reviewers
at Picturing Justice will be the "judges" of that claim.
We invite reader comment and response both about our reviews
and about the show itself.
First Monday airs Fridays from 9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT.
Posted January, 2002