When Julianna Margulies left "ER" in 2000, turning down a $27 million contract extension, she said she was burnt-out on playing the same character and the same situations for so long, and she needed a change. And that's fair. Money isn't everything, and if you're unhappy in your current job, you have the right to do something else that pays less.To read the full thing (including a brief plug for the final weeks of "In Treatment"), click here.
And yet, watching "Canterbury's Law" (8 p.m., Ch. 5), Margulies' first regular series since, I wonder if she would have stayed on "ER" had the producers gotten her out of those scrubs and into a miniskirt.
"Canterbury's Law" is a show that's almost entirely about Margulies' legs. That, or her shoes. Practically every scene opens with a fetishized close-up of Margulies' latest stylish pair of stilettos, then a pan up her stockings. When she complains that a co-worker is overshadowing her, he says, "Relax. You've got better legs." You know things are getting stressful for her when you see she's chosen to wear pants.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Today's column reviews "Canterbury's Law," about which all you really need to know is what's in that picture: