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Television: Head Cases
Thursday, 2005 September 15 - 8:47 am
Chris O'Donnell and Adam Goldberg star in this new comedy/drama on Fox.

In Fox's new show "Head Cases", Chris O'Donnell plays a Jason Payne, a lawyer who has suffered from a nervous breakdown. Dumped by his prestigious and high-powered law firm, he ends up partnering with a fellow outpatient, a small-time lawyer named Shultz (played by Adam Goldberg), who himself suffers from a disorder that results in explosive outbursts.

The first half of the pilot episode was largely to give us this back story. It's unfortunate they had to spend so much time on this part, because the story was riddled with clichés and some really irritating "artsy" camera work.

But the show improved remarkably once O'Donnell and Goldberg were brought together, and we started to see the promise of the show's idea. It's basically a straight-man/funny-man theme, brought into a law office. It's "Ally McBeal" for the beer-and-chips crowd: more slapstick than witty, but still funny. Mostly.

I think this show might take three or four episodes to really hit its stride. The first episode had a bunch of dead spots, and the comedy was inconsistent. I have no complaints about the cast (especially Adam Goldberg, who's brilliant in his role), but I'll be looking for improvement in the writing. I think the show has potential. We'll see in a couple of weeks.
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Comment #1 from Speaker (Guest)
2005 Sep 15 - 9:52 am : #
the only thing i know goldberg for is being Christina Ricci's boyfriend. damn him! *waves fist*

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