Picturing Justice, the On-Line Journal of Law and Popular Culture


Last year's short-lived attempts to make appellate judges interesting (First Monday; The Court) seems to have convinced the programmers at CBS to return to the trial court as a venue for drama: they are now offering us Queens Supreme, Fridays at 10 p.m. (9 central time). This hour long entry features talented folks like Oliver Platt (whom some may have caught as the veteran tabloid journalist hero of cable tv's Deadline), Robert Loggia, L. Scott Caldwell and Annabella Sciorra trying to bring some life into the sometimes mundane world of the judicial first responders. Does Queens Supreme offer something different from shows like Judging Amy? Certainly its first few episodes suggest that the emphasis is not on any one judge, but rather on the many facets of judging, as represented by the main characters: Jack Moran (Platt), the quirky liberal judge whose youthful optimism has given way to a certain amount of despair, Thomas O'Neill (Loggia), the fatherly judge looking for validation at the end of a career, Rose Barnea (Caldwell), the matter of fact, practical but somewhat angry judge, and Kim Vicidomini (Sciorra), the up and coming, ambitious judge, who seems to have achieved more than one would expect given her credentials. Will these folks resonate with viewers? Is the public ready for some ugly truths about judging?

Is this series one whose time has come? Or one that now seems dated and unoriginal compared with such ground breaking series as Law and Order?

LATE BREAKING BULLETIN: CBS cancelled the show after three episodes.

Christine Corcos

Posted February, 2002

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