Maximum Bob ABC, Tuesdays

As the director of Men in Black and Get Shorty and the cinematographer on three Coen brothers films, Barry Sonnenfeld has had lots of experience with a genre you could call bizarre noir. Now he has created his first TV show, and it has--in milder form--the surreality and edge of his earlier work. Based on an Elmore Leonard novel, Maximum Bob stars Beau Bridges as a colorful, corrupt judge in a small Florida town. He's the kind of guy who will avoid paying his ex-wife alimony by putting her in jail. Amusing, smoothly put together and featuring a likable cast, this...

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