REVIEW: NEW ABC DRAMA ‘FOR THE PEOPLE’ STICKS TO THE LAW, BUT COULD USE MORE HEART

For the People,the latest ABC legal drama from Shondaland is more nerdy than one would have expected from the stable that brought us Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder.

The kinetic, breakneck pace is there, with rapid-fire dialogue between young, fresh-faced, ambitious attorneys on the rise. Among the stars are Britt Robertson, Jasmin Savoy, Susannah Flood and Regé-Jean Page. But this show is decidedly less sexy than its predecessors, grounded in the procedure of the law.

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A thread that finds its way into For The People, in a similar vein to How To Get Away With Murder, is the do-or-die quality to cases. It is all high stakes, with rhetorical battles to the death by opposing lawyers in heightened, stretched out closing arguments.

The trouble is that this new class is slightly too eager to impress, not so much easing us in as much as hitting us over the head with their arrival on the scene, making it difficult to get on board emotionally. However, this is a group with room to grow, steadied by the mentoring of seasoned veterans, Ben Shenkman and Hope Davis.

Something Shonda Rhimes and her team do better than most, is reflect an inclusive and diverse outlook in their casting, pushing talent forward in every hue. Holding a mirror to the realities of the world as we live in it, is important, commendable and needed.

‘FOR THE PEOPLE’ AIRS ON ABC, TUESDAYS, 10 P.M. ET/PT

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