2007 Fall TV Preview: Women's Murder Club On ABC

Women’s Murder Club - Season 1

Premieres: Friday, October 12th at 9:00 p.m. EST

Network: ABC

Creator(s): Elizabeth Craft, Sarah Fain

Starring: Angie Harmon, Paula Newsome, Linda Park

Website: ABC.com

The female friendships of Desperate Housewives meet up with CSI-style crime solving-- at last!-- in The Women’s Murder Club. Angie Harmon, a Law & Order veteran, plays Lindsay Boxer, a San Francisco detective sick of dealing with the men’s-only world of the Justice Department. She forms her own crime-solving team with the female experts she knows-- newspaper reporter Cindy, district attorney Jill, and medical examiner Claire. The four of them use their expertise to solve crimes better than anyone else in town, and also form strong friendships amongst themselves in the process.

Television procedural dramas seem to be an endless resource for network TV, and while this one is based on a successful series of novels by James Patterson, it doesn’t seem terribly new or exciting. It’s nice, as always, to see strong competent women on television, and hopefully the Desperate Housewives comparison will turn out not to be apt and they’ll be a little more put-together than the women of Wisteria Lane. For fans of the book this series is probably a dream come true, but I can’t personally imagine going out of my way to catch this one. The fact that it’s airing at 9 p.m. on Friday night probably means that my twenty-something demographic isn’t being targeted anyway. For now, I’ll stick to the ladies of Lost for my empowerment role models.

Katey Rich

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend