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Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
Shondaland's For the People is essentially How to Get Away with Murder without Viola Davis
It is as disappointing as that sounds, says Sonia Saraiya of the drama from Shonda Rhimes and Scandal writer Paul William Davies. "For the People is so gratingly self-conscious that at times, especially in the pilot, it’s as if every character is frantically waving their hands and shouting, 'I’m on TV! We’re in a TV show!'" she says, adding: "For the People presents us the Shondaland gold standard of six-odd young overachievers, who all talk too fast and smolder with unresolved sexual tension. Right from the first frame they’re scrambled together in various heterosexual romantic pairings, like shaking dice in a cup and seeing what happens next. But unlike Rhimes’ best shows, For the People lacks even a modicum of subtlety — a subtlety often provided by the lead actor, be it Viola Davis or Kerry Washington. It’s zingy, and follows the right patterns, but For the People is almost impossible to invest in.
- For the People delivers exactly what you want from a Shondaland drama
- There are possibly more words per square inch on For the People than any in Shondaland history
- Britt Robertson seems off in this role -- she lacks the presence to be an intimidating one-on-one negotiator
- You've seen it all before: The Shondaland formula is starting to lose its potency
- For the People exhibits how crowd-pleasing television can have a higher purpose
- For the People is comfortably familiar -- you might appreciate the deep ensemble cast delivering clever dialogue
Posted Tuesday 1/09/18 at 8:32AM EST
Why ABC’s Shondaland For the People drama recast the lead role with Britt Robertson
Did the network push for a bigger name to play the public defender, dumping Britne Oldford in the process? Showrunner Paul William Davies insists that’s not the case.