Published Jul 11, 2013A steamy southern legal drama slathered in soap opera tropes by the director of Twilight, the new CBS hour-long, Reckless, is about as appealing as it sounds. That is to say, to most people, not very; but the peculiar sort of person that gets the vapours over Cam Gigandet will probably chow down this lazy chaste naughtiness with all the dignified restraint of a raccoon seeking a midnight trash nosh.
Looking like a Ken doll given life (but not a sense of humour) by the same Blue Fairy that animated Channing Tatum, Gigandet (Pandorum) stars as a Charleston City Attorney whose interest (and penis) is perked by the arrival of a foxy litigator from New York. They smoulder at each other across the courtroom while sparring over an easily interchangeable case – a race-grazing jewellery scam for the pilot but who knows how wild future "case of the weeks" will get (dare I dream of somnambulist alligator homicide?) –meeting for drinks after hours to discuss why they won't be getting coital any time soon.
She (Anna Wood) has a boyfriend; you know how Hardwicke loves unrequited love triangles.
By the end of the episode it's readily apparent that these are the two groins not quite meeting the show will hang its primary sexual tension on. A larger conspiracy involving police corruption and the cover up of orchestrated gang rape (I bet Georgina Haig wishes Fringe was still running) begins to unfold and the depth of rot in the Old Boys club of law enforcement appears positioned to be the show's ongoing narrative concern.
Shawn Hatosy (Southland) plays the ickiest of these badge-wearing sleaze-balls, going from scenes of consensual but still unsettling (it's the horny rat-like expression on his face) bondage and domination with a co-worker to setting up wrongful arrests and other, far more deplorable, acts.
If a serialized PG-13 version of The Paperboy structured as a courtroom drama sounds like your cup of tea, drink up. Reckless is titillating enough to draw in aging Twi-hards who can't handle the graphic nature of cable television. (CBS)