Television: The Replacements

The midseason shows are here, and they look a lot like ones you've already seen--just not as good

FIRST MONDAY

It takes most shows a while to find their rhythm. But First Monday (CBS, Fridays, 9 p.m. E.T.), a new Supreme Court drama, immediately settles into a groove of pregnant pause followed by cliche. The makers of JAG are not masters of subtlety, and while that might be fine for a show about a military court, the Supreme Court requires a bit more nuance. Yet First Monday has a Chief Justice (James Garner) who begins each session by making all nine Justices put a hand in the middle, football-huddle style, and yell, "Let's go make history." The cases--about discrimination...

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