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Mid-winter television series lack originality for most part

The Cape

Bringing the anti-hero to television has been done before, but The Cape provides a dark, yet futuristic look to the story of a man who turns into a masked vigilante after losing his family.

Vince Faraday (David Lyons), an honest cop on a corrupt police force, is framed for several murders and then presumed dead, losing his wife and son in the process.

With the help of steam punk circus sidekicks, Faraday fights those who framed him and the corruption he left behind to reunite with his family.

Faraday becomes “The Cape” — his son’s favorite comic book hero at 8 p.m. Mondays on NBC.

Overall, the show provides the well-known familiarity of Batman, which makes it unoriginal and easily boring.

Harary’s Law

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates plays a patents lawyer who has decided her life needs more excitement in Harry’s Law. Depressed by the reality of her profession, Harriet “Harry” Korn (Bates) shirks her responsibilities and is soon fired.

From there, the comedy at 9 p.m. Mondays on NBC is about embracing the unexpected as Korn decides to run her own law firm out of a vacant designer shoe store.

Despite Korn’s quick wit, this show is just another law show on primetime television.

It needs a tad more comedy and a little less Law and Order banter.

Retired at 35

Young businessman David Robbins (Johnathan McClain) decides to leave his successes in New York City behind and move into his parents’ Florida retirement home to re-evaluate his life in Retired at 35.

Stepping into the home of Alan and Elaine Robbins (George Segal and Jessica Walter) at 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays on TVLand is like stepping into a Disney Channel show with adult humor — childish with a cast trying too hard to be funny.

The only good parts are the spats between Alan and Elaine Robbins. But even these scenes are a reminder of the tiffs between Marie and Frank Barone from Everybody Loves Raymond.

Retired is just another try at a primetime sitcom where aspects of the show are reaching and unoriginal.

Fairly Legal

Fort Worth actress Sarah Shahi is Kate Reed in the new USA primetime show Fairly Legal. Reed, a former lawyer, believes justice can still be given through mediation to those who lose in the courtroom.But with the recent death of her father, the complicated situation with her assistant district attorney soon-to-be ex-husband and her new boss ­— her stepmother — Reed is struggling to mediate her own personal issues.

This series takes the concept of “don’t mix relationships with work” to a new level with sharp words thrown like knives between Reed and her stepmother as they try to manage what’s left of her father’s company.

The show will keep you intrigued and keep pulling you into the drama just as Reed is pulled further in to face her family’s struggles.

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