TV Review - Made in Jersey
I had flashes of Marissa Tomei from My Cousin Vinny (1992) while watching this. Montgomery's character has guff and spunk, but still doesn't stand against Tomei. Whereas The Good Wife lent itself to great supporting characters, the surrounding persons in Made in Jersey are bland and one-note. They might stand out in later episodes but no one in the pilot grabbed me. This is surprising because Pablo Schrieber and Kyle MacLachlan are both present here. Schrieber stood out on his very first appearance on last year's TV series A Gifted Man, which was essentially replaced with this one. Schrieber was distant and unique in A Gifted Man and you lock onto him instantly. Here, Schrieber is so forgettable.
It's probably a given though that Schrieber will be a love-interest for Montgomery. It's only a shame that writer Dana Calvo made her protagonist so uninteresting. At one point, Martina gets a tattoo and if that's the best that Calvo can concoct, I won't be watching much more.
Two Stars out of Five.
Running Time: 1 hr.
Airs Fridays at 9PM on CBS.