Women's Murder Club: BuddyTV Fall 2007 Preview
Women's Murder Club: BuddyTV Fall 2007 Preview
Premiere Date and Time: Friday, October 12, 9pm

Network: ABC

Time Slot Competition: Moonlight, Friday Night Lights, Nashville, WWE Firday Night Smackdown

Cast: Angie Harmon, Aubrey Dollar, Laura Harris, Paula Newsome, Rob Benedict, Rob Estes, Tyrees Allen

ABC's offering this year for the Friday night at 9 time slot is Women's Murder Club, a crime and legal procedural starring Angie Harmon (Law and Order) as San Francisco Detective Lindsay Boxer. Our fair detective has assembled a team of women to help her in solving difficult murder cases. The team is made up of medical examiner Claire Washburn (Paula Newsome), assistant D.A. Jill Bernhardt (Laura Harris) and crime reporter Cindy Thomas (Aubrey Dollar). Each a success in her own field, the four work together to solve the city's most gruesome murders. They meet in old abandoned warehouses to share off the record the details they've each uncovered of the latest grisly murder and at late-night happy hour to discuss the states of their personal lives over cosmopolitans.

The pilot finds Lindsay Boxer on the trail of a serial killer who seems to be out for revenge. Jill, her fresh out of law school protégé Yuki (played by fresh-faced Linda Park) in tow, is prosecuting a man for drugging his wife and throwing her off the Golden Gate Bridge. Claire and Cindy also share their own specialized knowledge to help out in both cases. Lindsay, of course, gets her man, and even gets promoted to lieutenant—she's that good—but needs help with her personal life. She's a workaholic who can't make time for her loved ones. She is devastated to find out that her ex-husband has moved on and is marrying someone else, but she won't let on that anything is bothering her. Her three cohorts take this as a lesson to make sure their own men don't feel neglected too.

Women's Murder Club is a mash-up of every kind of procedural drama that is already on TV. It's as if ABC, attempting to compete with CBS which has eight crime procedurals on its fall lineup, blended together NYPD Blue, Law and Order and CSI, throwing in a journalist into the mix (why the heck not?), and put some lipstick on it for feminine appeal. It's Sex and the City meets the mean, hard streets. The only thing that sets it apart from the slew of other crime dramas is the evidence of a larger, perhaps season-long, story arc, which may entice viewers to come back every week.

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-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV
(Photo courtesy of ABC)