Magazine article Variety

The Mysteries of Laura

Magazine article Variety

The Mysteries of Laura

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FALL TV

THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA

Without putting too fine a point on It, "The Mysteries of Laura" is designed for people who really, really love Debra Messing - who have been pining for her return to NBC ever since "Will & Grace," and were even willing to forgive and forget her role in "Smash." That contingent, alas, had better be fairly sizable, since there's precious little else to recommend this new series, which liberally mixes the strugglesof-motherhood comedy with standard police procedural fare. Although Laura's partner playfully refers to her as "Columbo," the more apt comparison for NBC might be its "Ironside" revival. At times. Laura's commitment to whimsy makes the crime in the premiere - a hard-toexplain murder, committed in plain view - feel almost like an afterthought. That's because she spends much of her time dealing with her mischievous preschoolaged children and a philandering husband (Josh Lucas) who, in addition to also being on the police force, doesn't want to sign those pesky divorce papers. Messing's Laura is hardly the first detective to exhibit brilliance as a sleuth while her personal life is in something of a shambles. Still, the timing could probably be better regarding the show's casual approach to officer-involved shootings, where, as even her boss notes, "Standard procedure is for douchebags. …

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