Julianna Margulies tells her own “Canterbury’s” tale

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Legal dramas come and go, and

for the most part, I don’t pay that much attention. You’ve heard one

“You’re out of order!”/”No, you’re out of order!” exchange and

you’ve heard them all. But, while watching Fox recently (oh, Sarah

Connor
, done so soon?), I was stopped in my tracks by a preview for

the new drama Canterbury’s

Law
. Actually,

it’d be more accurate to say I was dropped in my tracks: It packs a punch.





The preview struck me (oh,

the puns!) in several ways. First, how great is it to see Julianna

Margulies
back on TV? I’ve been a fan of hers since her ER

days; what can I say, the pale skin, black hair, great eyebrows combo

totally works for me. Wrap that all up in a smart power suit, and I am

sold.

Second, early reviews have

been favorable. Matt Roush at

TV Guide

called it “House in stiletto heels with a law degree.” Be

still my heart. Now if only Olivia Wilde or Lisa Edelstein

would do a crossover episode. Julianna stars as Elizabeth Canterbury,

a rebellious defense attorney who isn’t above breaking the law to win

justice for her clients. While she is a rising star in the legal world,

her personal life is more complicated. She and her husband (Aidan

Quinn
) are haunted by the still-unsolved disappearance of their

young son years ago.

Third, I find the show’s focus

on a female defense attorney refreshing. If you think about it, outside

of comedies (cough, Ally McBeal, cough), most legal shows feature

male leads or large ensemble casts. And, let’s face it, TV can always

use another tough, smart, three-dimensional female character.

And finally, Julianna’s familial roots in

the law run deep
.

Her grandmother was one of the first female lawyers in New York state,

graduating NYU Law School in 1924 when women were still not allowed

to take the bar exam there. She helped to break that barrier, and helped

to start the Women’s Bar Association in the Bronx before becoming a

judge. Julianna said she took the role of Julia Canterbury to honor her grandmother.

Canterbury’s Law debuts

10 p.m. Monday on Fox. So, what do you think? Are you intrigued by this

new Canterbury’s tale?

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