-- Zoe reveals that parental responsibility isn't her strong suit.
Joely Fisher is ZOE BUSIEK, a former wild child and Vegas blackjack dealer who ends up a Chicago insurance fraud investigator for a big downtown agency after her sister's death in a car crash leaves her with three kids to raise, in Lifetime's Wild Card, which made its debut in August 2003.
Although all the previews I've seen suggest it's more a family drama show than crime fiction, there is actual detective work done here. Zoe's may not be exactly cut out for motherhood, but as a fledgling investigator, she's pretty competent, and pretty likable.
I liked it, even if it was a little "girly" (and after all, what did I expect? Lifetime isn't exactly Spike-TV).Fisher is pretty good, and the domestic stuff seems pretty well-handled, and believable. Mostly she seems to butt heads with the oldest child, Taylor, a headstrong teenager chaffing under her aunt's rule. Sure, it's a little cute at times, but it has good intentions.
And the office stuff plays out well too, offering the closest I've seen lately to a P.I. procedural. There are inter-office politics, rivalries, friendships, problems with bosses, co-workers, etc., etc. In other words -- an actual sense of people working for a living.
I mean, real people, with real problems, working real cases? Get outta here!
Okay, it's television real, not real-real, but I prefer it to designer car chases, perpetual Sports Illustrated bimbo close-ups and look-at-me! look-at-me! pretensions of something like CSI or Las Vegas.
It may be fluff, but because it knows what it is, and presents itself on those low-key terms, it's actually rather enjoyable. and the inter-office stuff reminds me, rather favourably at times, of the old Mary Tyler Moore Show. Honest!
And it's interesting how Vegas seems to be really hot as a TV show location these days, even just in passing, as it is in this show, CBS kicked it off with CSI, Fox continues it with the quirky comedy/drama, Lucky, and now other networks are jumping on the bandwagon. Besides Wild Card, UPN's Vegas Dick and NBC's Las Vegas are set to debut in the fall of 2003, and they're all P.I.-related, or at least concern various aspects of casino security and fraud investigation.
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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