Do we already know the outcome of ABC’s new legal drama, “The Fix?”
Marcia Clark, the show’s co-writer and executive producer, led the prosecution team that failed to convict O.J. Simpson of double murder in 1995. Johnnie Cochran’s defense used race and long-standing African American distrust of the police to massage the jury. “The Fix” (premiering Monday, 3/18, 10 p.m.) seems like a therapy project allowing Clark the chance to “fix” whatever parts of her remain shattered by the Orenthal experience … an “If I Convicted Him” version of O.J.’s “If I Did It.”
Asked in an ABC promo if “The Fix” and its A-lister accused of murder is indeed her revenge fantasy, Clark didn’t say it’s not.
Clark’s on-screen alter ego is former prosecutor Maya Travis (Robin Tunney), and her O.J. Simpson is Severen “Sevvy” Johnson (Adewale Akinnoye-Agbaje), a famous black actor who was acquitted of double murder on her watch eight years prior. After the high profile trial, Maya fled the glare of Los Angeles to the relative quiet and seclusion of the Pacific Northwest…until her co-prosecutor/co-lover Matthew Collier (Adam Rayner) pops up at the crib with news that Johnson has again been accused of killing his girlfriend, and he needs her help to ensure that they close the deal. Maya’s desire to get a conviction this time draws her back in, but not everyone in the DA’s office is happy to see her back in the building.
There appears to be a strong case against Sevvy, but the show has enough going on beyond the actual “did-he-or-didn’t-he” plot that kept my attention in the first two episodes given for review:
“The Fix” (premiering tonight at 10 p.m.) slips into conventions you’d expect from a legal drama on network television (like the montage of opposing lawyers getting ready for court), and as an African American viewer, I loathe the visual of another black character caught in the criminal justice system. But I’m curious to see how Clark navigates the racial landmines dotting her revenge fantasy, or if by some miracle Sevvy turns out to be “100 percent not guilty,” for real.
Clark co-writes with Liz Craft and Sarah Fain. David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks are executive producers for Mandeville TV. The pilot was directed by Larysa Kondracki. The show is produced by Mandeville and ABC Studios.
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