TV critics seem to have reservations about NBC’s new comedy series Bad Judge. The single-camera comedy stars Kate Walsh as Rebecca Wright, a tough judge serving in the Los Angeles County courts, whose private life is pretty wild. In the comedy, co-created by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay and Anne Heche, Wright meets an eight-year-old boy whose parents she’d put in the hoosegow.
Walsh said she loved the idea of playing a character who, in the first four pages of the script, wakes up with a hangover, gets a pregnancy test and is revealed to be a judge. “It was super appealing,” she said, describing her initial reaction to the role as the sensation of having her nose pressed up to a candy-store window.
But there did not seem to be fusion of super appealing good fellowship between TV critics and this show during the Bad Judge Q&A session at Summer TV Press Tour 2014. TV critics did not actually suggest NBC slap a chastity belt on Rebecca Wright, but when you said that you had said everything.
While Walsh talked happily about what she loves most about the character (She’s Peter Pan,” Walsh explained), one critic wondered if she thought her character was having sex in her chambers and whether she thought that would be reckless behavior. “At the end of the day, it’s a comedy,” Walsh responded. “We’re trying to make people laugh… We’re not doing Law & Order. … Are you going to arrest me? Is that what this is about?”
Later, Walsh said, more spunkily, that she’s playing a party girl who “happens to be really good at her job” and that “in the series we will see how proficient she is.” She then pointed out that in the Fox doctor series House, viewers “were never waiting for that guy to get married and have kids.”