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The Mysteries of Laura 1.01 “Pilot”

September 26, 2014

Debra Messing returns in this detective dramedy playing Laura Diamond, a mother of two hectic twin boys who is actively solving cases while also trying to balance her personal life with her soon-to-be ex-husband, Jake Broderick, played by Josh Lucas.  Jake also works for the police force.  We find Jake and Laura at a turning point in their relationship.  Laura wants out of the marriage, but Jake refuses to sign the divorce papers.

I enjoyed this pilot episode, but it was a little unfortunate that the trailer for the show solved the crime introduced in this first episode.  Thankfully, much like Bones, we’ll be dealing with a new case every episode as well as catching up on what’s going on with Laura’s home life.  I love detective shows and it’s fun to see Debra Messing in a role where she can put on the funny hat as well as the dramatic one.  I saw quite a few “Grace-isms” when her character was in funny mode and that is always welcomed in my eyes.

Will & Grace was an amazing show that got me through some tough times so I don’t think I could ever downplay anything Debra Messing does.  Even though Smash unfortunately wasn’t quite a smash, I’m praying that this show will keep her on TV!

I’ve been hearing some pretty horrible reviews on the show despite its fantastic premiere ratings.

“Don’t mess with me, I will HURT you.” – Laura Diamond

I just want to say that Debra Messing is a great actress; especially great enough to carry her own show.  Forget everything you know about detective shows, and forget everything Debra has done in the past and just see the show for what it is.  I’m happy to see a character like Laura Diamond on TV.  She’s amazing at her job; obviously willing to do what it takes to get the job done, but at the same time, she has her issues at home and it adds a hugely relatable quality to her.  I love that she’s messy at work and doesn’t appear to be much of a challenge, but she proves herself again and again with her ability to be cunning, intelligent, and she shows great perseverance.  And this was all that I could read from just episode 1!  I especially loved the twist at the end.  Now, her soon-to-be ex-husband is her boss.  What kind of dynamic is that going to bring to their relationship?  He’s now officially agreed to sign the divorce papers, but something tells me this twist will throw some wrenches in that plan.  I also like the fact that Jake seems like he really steps up his game just as much as Laura does when it comes to the police force so I’m excited to see how this all plays out.

For now, I’ll leave you with two videos.  The first video is of Debra Messing sharing her thoughts on her character and the show and the other is B-Roll footage from the first episode.  For more reviews and news on The Mysteries of Laura stay tuned to my blog!  And you can catch all new episodes on Wednesdays at 8/7c on NBC!


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