Another new CBS show for the Fall 2006 season is Shark, starring James Woods as a cutthroat high-dollar defense lawyer who switches over to the prosecution side. I absolutely love to watch James Woods work, and here he has a meaty role as a lawyer named Stark whose nickname is, quite appropriately, Shark.
I haven't watched a "law" show on TV on a regular basis since L.A. Law and that was a long time ago. Yes, I've popped in on Boston Legal a time or two, but I really feel like I watch enough TV as it is. However, it was interesting to sit back and watch something in this genre once again.
The show opens with Shark defending a prior-arrest wife-beater on an attempted murder charge. We're treated immediately to Woods in all his acting glory, convincing the jury his client did not try to murder his wife. Of course he is successful and both the accused and his wife thank Shark for his work.
It is no surprise when six days later the wife turns up dead. The husband is apprehended by police in his kitchen wearing a blood-spattered shirt. He states smugly "You might as well let me go now, here's my lawyer" when Shark walks in, obviously distraught at what has happened.
Through a bit of lighthearted extortion, the mayor of L.A. recruits Shark to work for the "other side," as a prosecutor for the city. Shark has no choice, but doesn't relish the thought as he believes the staff is incompetent - he has never lost a case to them. The lead prosecutor is played by Jeri Ryan (of Star Trek: Voyager fame) and she has no love for Shark, who she thinks has no ethics when it comes to winning a case at any cost.