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Pilot View: NBC's new drama 'Outlaw'

July 1, 2010 | 10:08 am

Editor’s Note:  We offer you our first impressions of the original pilots for fall shows. Keep in mind that these are not reviews and that the networks may make significant changes to these shows before they air. We reserve the right to love them or hate them more later.

"Outlaw" follows the life of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Cyrus Garza, a gambling playboy who stops believing in the system. He quits the bench and returns to private practice to represent "lost souls," making a lot of powerful people in Washington, D.C., unhappy. Helping him in his new practice are three young legal eagles and a private detective.

Who's in it: Jimmy Smits as Garza; Jesse Bradford ("West Wing") as Eddie, Carly Pope ("24") as Lucinda, Ellen Woglom ("Californication") as Mereta and David Ramsey as Al ("Dexter").

Who made it: John Eisendrath ("Alias," "Felicity," "Playmakers") wrote it and is producing it with Conan O'Brien's company.

Thumbs up: Jimmy Smits is always a big draw and he doesn't disappoint. His character is flawed and dynamic, and his story makes for an interesting journey. His young team doesn't get overshadowed by his charisma, which says a lot of for them.

Thumbs down: Although engaging for the most part, the episode needs tightening and the removal of a few corny/bizarre moments, such as when Mereta declares her love for Garza. Carly Pope is a likable actress but needs to tone it down here considerably. Her private detective Lucinda may remind you of an immature and sassier Kalinda from "The Good Wife."

Verdict: We'll be back for more.

-- Maria Elena Fernandez

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