'Magical Law': It Can't Be Any Worse Than 'Outlaw'
by Joel Keller, posted Nov 17th 2010 5:10PM
Have you watched an episode of 'The Good Wife' or any of the myriad 'Law & Order' shows and thought, "Wow, if only Detective Benson could cast a spell on that pedophile so his peep falls off. Now that would be justice!"
Well, you may have your chance. According to Joe Adalian of the Vulture blog, there's a pilot script in development at Fox that's a cross between 'Law & Order' and 'Harry Potter.' Yes, you read that right.
Called 'Magical Law,' the show would take place in a wizarding world, where we'd examine how cops and lawyers are able to police and prosecute all of those magic-wielders who are using their powers for evil instead of good (or to conjure kittens from furniture... not sure what these wizards do on their time off). No word on if the cops and lawyers would have powers themselves, but the show would be a heck of a lot more interesting if they did.
Sounds like a silly premise, right? Lawyers and cops fighting crime in the magical realm? But think about it for a second: as much of a disaster than this show sounds like it could be, it can't be any worse than a lawyer show that's already come and gone this season: NBC's "Outlaw."
Forget that 'Outlaw' ever existed -- believe me, Jimmy Smits is doing that right now. If you were a network executive that was presented with the following two pitches, which one would you think was more far-fetched:
1. A conservative Supreme Court justice, who is a gambler and a womanizer, quits the Court and travels the country defending down-on-their-luck and wrongly-accused clients, mostly for free.
2. A determined group of police and lawyers try to enforce the law in a world full of wizards and goblins.
Hard to choose, isn't it? Actually, the way I worded the 'Magical Law' pitch actually makes the show sound somewhat dignified.
Anyway, the fantasy world that 'Outlaw' lived in, where Smits' character could give a guy clemency as a Justice and then defend the same guy after he stepped down, doesn't seem any more outlandish than what we'd see in 'Magical Law.' In fact, knowing that this takes place in a pure fantasy world might actually make the show a better watch, if only because you won't be getting dizzy from rolling your eyes for an hour straight.
Imagine some of the cases you could see on 'Magical Law:'
-- A sleazy porn purveyor concocts a potion that he uses to put women in a hypnotic trance which forces them to perform in his movies. (Wait, wasn't that a 'L&O: SVU' plot?)
-- A woman is terrorizing the city by going around and turning random men into newts.
-- A financier who looks suspiciously like a cross between Voldermont and Bernie Madoff uses his skills to create piles of money that look real but turn out to be piles of bat dung.
-- A teenager uses his powers of invisibility to peep in the girls' locker room (actually, that's every teenage boy's fantasy, isn't it?).
-- A wizard is accused of sending a plague of locusts to the houses of politicians.
What plots do you think could be explored on 'Magical Law?' Would you watch the show?
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