K-VILLE: It’s Still Too Soon… For Another Mediocre Buddy Cop Show

K-Ville

Television writer Jill Golick enthusiastically deconstructed the K-Ville pilot in a recent blog entry , praising the script for its structural elegance. What’s interesting to me is how she managed to completely overlook the fact that it’s just not very good. Sure, the structure’s technically adept, but that doesn’t necessarily translate to compelling writing.

Which is a shame, because I think New Orleans deserves to have a prime-time drama bring some attention to the situation there, especially one that’s shot on location, a la Friday Night Lights (bringing much-needed revenue to the flood-ravaged city). And K-Ville is a beautifully photographed show that uses the setting to lovely effect. Unfortunately, it’s also about as subtle as an anvil to the head.

Frankly, K-Ville is a show that’s just plain trying too hard. Instead of letting the shadow of Katrina delicately inform the story and characters, it constantly beats you over the head with it like an ABC Afterschool Special. Probably because, beyond the Katrina angle, there’s just no substance to this Lethal Weapon clone. The story is trite and completely predictable–everything that happens is exactly what you’d expect to happen in a mediocre cop drama. Worst of all, there’s no actual complexity to the characters, no matter how hard they work at furrowing their brows somberly, and consequently most of the scenes fall flat.

Cole Hauser does a decent job with the little character development he’s got to work with, but Anthony Anderson just doesn’t have the range to carry his half of the dramatic weight. The result is a show that’s not only lifeless, but actually a chore to watch.

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