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I must admit, I was skeptical.  Debra Messing as a cop?  Um, yeah ok.  Quirky Grace Adler toting a gun, running after twins and taking down bad guys?  I just couldn’t see it.  But I forgot a very important thing about the talented Miss Messing.  Bitch has an MFA from friggin Tisch in NYU.  And for those of you who don’t know what that means, well trust me that is one of the top acting schools in the country, which means that Miss Messing can perform any character and doing it brilliantly.  And Detective Laura Diamond is no exception.

Let’s start with the fact that Debra looks amazing these days, and works that gun and shield like she has worn it all her life.  Courtsey of http://www.the-medium-is-not-enough.com check her out:

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Secondly, in addition to badge and seal, she’s also working through a divorce from the adorable Josh Lucas, and raising two of the most rambunctious twin boys ever shown on television.  It has a bit of a law and order feel to it mixed with a bit of Chicago PD, but since Messing is such a talented comedian, it’s got some really funny moments.  My favorite so far was in the second episode when she is questioning a suspect doing some sort of circus yoga class, and the suspect is a serious bitch.  She keeps insulting Detective Laura over and over, and winds up on her ass in the best way.  Followed in close second by a Pretty Woman-esque moment when Detective Diamond is insulted by a snotty sales girl:

This show is perfectly balanced between law and humor.  It’s columbo meets nancy drew, and honestly, I don’t see an ounce of Grace in there.  I love her relationship with her boys, and even enjoy the banter between Messing and Lucas.  As separated, recently divorced spouses, they still spar pretty well.  And the look on her face when he is promoted to her Captain was absolutely priceless.

Two cases have been solved, the first one spinning me for a loop when her first Captain turns out to be the killer.  I’m usually pretty good at figuring out the guilty party, but I didn’t see that one coming.  And in the second episode, a violent dbag is targeting middle aged women he calls DWARFs (Divorced women are ready to F*ck) and preying on them on an online dating site, taking them back to his place, and when they turn him down for sex, he beats them up and rapes them.  Detective Diamond goes undercover, and gets smacked around a bit, but manages to do some damage herself before her partner and ex-husband/partner comes in to help her since, by that point, she’s been smacked in the face with a candlestick and is being choked with her own scarf.

Her character is very well rounded, and is going through a lot.  A divorced working mom with a dangerous career, two rambunctious boys, seeing her ex at work every day, and still managing to get through life with, dare I say it, a little grace.

I’m looking forward to seeing how this show evolves.  I hope it makes it, because so far, it’s been delightful.  What do you think?  Will this one make it?

Happy Judging,

JB

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