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An A&E crime drama about a Wyoming sheriff from “The Closer” writer-producers Hunt Baldwin and John Coveny, “Longmire” is based on a series of novels by Craig Johnson. It stars Australian Robert Taylor (“Vertical Limit”), Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galactica,” “24”), Lou Diamond Phillips (“SGU”), Bailey Chase (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Damages”) and Cassidy Freeman (“Smallville,” “The Playboy Club”).
It’s a decent procedural with some handsome New Mexico scenery, but invites perhaps a few too many comparisons to FX’s much superior “Justified,” which also features a wily, Stetson-sporting lawman (Taylor) chasing down bad guys in rural America. The much more famous Sackhoff has a smaller role as the lawman's city-trained deputy.
(Another crime drama, the period hourlong “Vegas” that premiered on CBS last fall, put a very similar sheriff’s Stetson upon Dennis Quaid’s head.)
... I'd like to see the mysteries grow more engaging as the series moves along, but "Longmire" at least starts with a good foundation in Walt, his sidekicks, and the wide, open spaces they travel.
... As for the mystery elements, the opening installment feels a bit thin. … As the tale unfolds, some lazy choices are in evidence, which is alarming. You’d think that with the telegraph and the Internet and all, word would have reached even Wyoming by now that central figures in criminal investigations should not stand in front of windows during questioning when a sniper is known to be on the loose. Apparently not. …
... It's an old-fashioned sort of show, working unapologetically toward wisdom rather than cleverness …
... There's very little drama, and the pilot episode lumbers along like an overfed elk. …
... A&E has tried to move back into scripted programming with the disappointingly generic "The Glades" and paint-by-number action-adventure "Breakout Kings." Compared to those efforts, new drama "Longmire" marks an evolutionary leap forward -- but it may still pale compared to other smart, basic cable dramas. …
... The mystery tonight might be slight, but the pilot is a dusty little gem.…
... The opener is a bit plodding and pedestrian, but the setting is gorgeous and a nice change-of-urban-pace, and the cast (including Katee Sackhoff and Lou Diamond Phillips) is fine. …
... There's nothing terribly groundbreaking about Longmire as he and his team wrangle with the local, resentful Native-American community in the course of solving mildly puzzling but often violent crimes. But it is satisfying in its own low-key way …
... A&E has hewed closely to crime with the smallest of twists in its scripted efforts, but even by those standards "Longmire" feels low on firepower. …
A new ABC hourlong from writer-producer Melissa Rosenberg (all five “Twilight” vampire movies and many episodes of “Dexter”), “Red Widow” stars the fabulous Australian actress Radha Mitchell (“Pitch Black,” “Melinda and Melinda,” “Silent Hill,” “Surrogates”) as a suburban Bay Area soccer mom who finds herself forced to work for a Russian mobster (“ER” icon Goran Visnjic) to pay off a family debt after her drug-smuggling husband is murdered.
It packs perhaps a solid 25 minutes of plot into its 2-hour pilot.
It’s a great antidote to “The Sopranos,” “Breaking Bad” and “Boardwalk Empire,” reminding us that TV shows about organized crime can be incredibly boring too.
By turns dull and ludicrous, “Red Widow” is easily one of the weakest pilots to find its way to air in this or any other season. ABC ordered eight episodes; I said at the time I’d be flabbergasted if we ever saw a ninth.
... the story doesn’t have enough oomph to get you past the credibility gaps. Combine that with a moralizing tendency that was probably necessary for broadcast-network prime time, and you’re left with pretty weak tea. …
... high-aspiring but poorly executed …
... staggers into an already listless mid-season Sunday on ABC with a premise borrowed from Dutch TV, a second-tier cast and consistently unconvincing writing throughout. … It takes two hours to lay all this out and about a minute to get that it's a snooze-fest. … This kind of writing is so bad is because it's convenient and not at all credible.
... Summarizing the show here makes me realize how “Red Widow” sounds either tedious or ridiculous, or some familiar combination of the two. But Mitchell’s coolly understated performance makes it all slightly more believable and worth a few episodes to see where it leads. …
... Bland and toothless … fails to come up with anything that's remotely interesting to watch. … Unlike a black widow, who mates and kills, "Red Widow" seems more likely to bore viewers to death.
... watching Mitchell as an actress trying to morph from a contented wife into a corrupt widow in a single sitting is painful. … If “Red Widow” were more psychologically twisty or more excessive and over-the-top, it could be more engaging. As it is, the show is ludicrous and not much fun.
… an off-putting start …
... Widow's indifferently performed, dishwater-dull opener give us no real clue as to who Marta is or what she wants — or why anyone would want to watch her pursue it.
... the middling execution hews closer to presenting a desperate housewife than bringing to mind “Breaking Bad.” …
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