Over the next few months, we’ll see new series soar, old series sour, and so much Jersey Shore madness, we’ll want to shower. Let’s face it: The Fall TV season is intimidating. With dozens of new and returning shows hitting our small screens, we know we have some big choices to make. So, to help you determine what to watch, we’re digging deep into the most notable series premiering this season. Where did each show leave off? Where is it headed? And who should you watch it with? Today, we’re checking out a show that goes where no show has gone before. It’s about New Jersey. And lawyers. It’s Made in Jersey. Why aren’t there more shows about New Jersey Lawyers.
Program:Made in Jersey
Premiere Date: Friday, September 28, at 9 PM on CBS
Tagline: Martina Garretti works at a Manhattan law firm with a bunch of stuffed shirts and uptight Manhattanites. But she has a secret weapon in winning her cases. New Jersey! She has her Italian family and all her street smarts that you just can’t learn at Harvard. That will teach them!
Cast: Janet Montgomery plays our main lady Martina. Former Twin Peaks and Sex and the City star Kyle MacLachlin plays firm founder Donovan Stark. Megalyn Echikunwoke is her coworker Riley and Riv Brody is the firm’s investigator Felix, who is like a male Kalinda from The Good Wife. Jessica Blank does her bit for New Jersey as Martina’s sister Deb. It’s all about work life balance.
Were they Made in Jersey?: Well, Montgomery was made in England, so that’s a whole different accent to nail.
Other Shows About New Jersey: Jersey Shore, Real Housewives of New Jersey, Jerseylicious, The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, The Neighbors, Comic Book Men, Cake Boss, Bikini Barbershop.
Other Shows About Lawyers: I don’t have time for all this.
Puns to Be Made with the Title: Maid in Jersey about cleaning houses in the Garden State. Made in Jersey, a documentary about dresses made from the fabric. Jersey Maids, a reality show about the girls who milk the cattle.
You Should Watch This If…: You like lawyer shows. You like Jersey shows. You have a tramp stamp. You have nothing to do on a Friday night better than watch a CBS procedural with a lot of accents that isn’t Elementary on your DVR.
Where Is the Outrage: Just because the lead on this show went to law school doesn’t mean she isn’t worse for Italian-Americans from Jersey than Snooki, JWOWW, and The Situation.
Wine and Cheese Pairing: Franzia out of a box and Kraft American Singles.
What to Wear While Watching This: A Snuggie, because if you’re at home watching this on a Friday night then you have given up on life, so you might as well be comfortable. And you thought I was going to say animal prints. What about an animal print Snuggie!
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[Photo Credit: AP Photo]