ABC’s ‘The Deep End’ lacking in originality

Posted Jan. 20, 2010, at 5:30 p.m.

ABC has to wrestle with the question of what would make a good lead-in for ratings winner “Grey’s Anatomy.”

How about a drama that’s a cross between “Grey’s” and that ’80s staple “L.A. Law”? That’s an apt description of “The Deep End,” which debuts at 8 tonight.

The series, which could also be dubbed “Young Lawyers in Lust,” follows the exploits of five first-year associates at a prestigious Los Angeles law firm.

None of these associates is terribly well developed in the pilot. They are more types: the earnest one, the mousy one, the entitled one, the horny one, and the black one who is in one scene. So it’s a little hard to tell what they’re all about.

The grown-ups at the firm aren’t much better. The corporate-minded “Prince of Darkness” and the namesake partner are feuding for control, with the third, female partner attempting to mediate between them.

“The Deep End” isn’t breaking new ground. Chances are that if you like “Grey’s,” you’ll like this as well. If the former annoys you, so will the latter.

“The Deep End” is good escapist fun. But there are plenty of better options airing in this time slot.

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