Tonight CBS News debuts its docu-series “Brooklyn DA,” following the trials and tribulations (and sometimes actual trials) of the staff in the Brooklyn Distract Attorney’s office.
The series generated heat well before it debuted, as one of the officials looking to challenge the Brooklyn District Attorney Joe Hynes in this year’s election argued that the series was essentially giving Hynes free publicity on network TV. Ultimately a judge decided that the show could go on, after CBS News producers testified under oath regarding how the show was produced.
The reviews for the series cover a wide spectrum. Here are some of the highlights.
Neil Genzlinger, NY Times: “Apart from the guessing game over whether it is or isn’t a news program, the most annoying thing about “Brooklyn DA” is the way it flaunts its Brooklyn-ness. Television that ventures into that borough or, for that matter, other boroughs has created a series of clichés, all of which are in evidence here.”
Brian Lowry, Variety: “‘Brooklyn DA’ does provide some behind-the-curtain looks at the legal process (including a superior helping a young attorney massage and strengthen her opening statement for court), but for any regular viewer of TV legal dramas, there’s not a lot here you haven’t seen before, in one form or another.”