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Double Jeopardy on 'The Whole Truth' -- Will the Series Survive? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 7th 2010 8:00AM
Double Jeopardy on 'The Whole Truth' -- Will the Series Survive?'The Whole Truth' (Wed., 10PM ET on ABC) is an odd type of legal drama. Unlike, say, the 'Law & Order' franchise, the show doesn't feature bunch of lawyers who are clearly the good guys.

Instead, 'The Whole Truth' presents us with two equal and opposing viewpoints. Prosecutor Kathryn Peale (Maura Tierney) faces off against defense attorney Jimmy Brogan (Rob Morrow). But Jimmy and Kathryn both lose as often as they win -- and we're never really sure who to root for.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

On the latest episode, Jimmy takes the case of Judge Ruben Wright (guest star Judd Hirsch). The judge is accused of committing murder -- while he's in the middle of conducting a trial. Suddenly, the judge is on the other side of the law. The man who sent criminals to jail is now a suspected criminal himself. Judge Wright chooses Jimmy as his lawyer, even though the two of them have a tangled history.

Meanwhile, Kathryn is hard at work, patiently building a case against Judge Wright. The episode builds up to a climatic courtroom scene, and then ... Kathryn loses. Wright is found innocent. Or is he? Six months after the case is "over," Ms. Peale gets new evidence that could change everything. But Judge Wright uses the defense of "double jeopardy" -- which states that a man can't be tried twice for the same crime. Will Kathryn lose based on a random technicality?

It's all very complicated, and 'The Whole Truth' is a subtle and nuanced show. But is it too complicated? It's not the type of legal drama that viewers are used to; there are no real "good guys" or "bad guys." So far, the series has gotten dismal ratings, and it's already in danger of being canceled. Funnily enough, the show's uniqueness might be putting it in "jeopardy."

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