New vintage-set crime show – Why Women Kill
The actresses are Ginnifer Goodwin as Beth Ann Stanton the housewife, Lucy Liu as socialite Simone Grove, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste as lawyer Taylor Harding. To be honest, they had me at Lucy Liu. That woman looks good in any clothing and can act up a storm... and Jack Davenport's playing her husband! He's been a favourite of mine since This Life and Ultraviolet in the 90s and I don't care if he made a lot of silly pirate movies too.
It's on Alibi, which I do feel has kind of a patchy track record when it comes to historically-set dramas; while some of my favourites are on there (Father Brown in particular), it's got the odd really ropy one (Frankie Drake Mysteries, a show that feels so not-20s to me it's completely jarring). But this show was made by CBS so the production values should be good. I really like the costumes for the 60s pieces in the glimpses we've had. The clips of the 80s make it look like the programme makers really embraced the idea that More Is More for that era. Maybe a little much? There's that faux-Warhol in the shot of Lucy Liu at the top of this page, for example. But who doesn't like a bit of 80s excess? And I like the fact the female leads aren't all white women. Too many crime dramas have very similar leads.
Anyway, I'm going to be watching – it looks like being good, glossy, silly fun. Does it look like your sort of thing too?
I don't know if we've got Alibi but it looks interesting. Jon likes Father Brown when they show it on BBC, although I can take it or leave it. xReplyDelete
It's not a terrible channel, though most of what it has is fairly unchallenging - I don't think it'd replace Walter in your affections.Delete
I'm not sure we have Alibi either but I love the clothes in this series. That was the title of my MA Dissertation: 'Why Women Kill'!!ReplyDelete
Hope you're well and staying safe.
Wow! I had no idea you had an MA. What did that fall under - psychology, criminology or something else?Delete
I love any show that has great clothing - and frankly, not many of them do!ReplyDelete
Yes, and if stuff's *too* inaccurate it boots me right out of my suspension of disbelief. I know things are never going to be accurate (for example, the makers of Poirot stated they deliberately used as much furniture etc from the 1930s as possible even though people living then would've possessed plenty of things from earlier decades), but as soon as they start giving flappers cleavage and a waist - Frankie Drake, take a bow - I'm right out.Delete
The Avengers even inspired its own clothing line here in the 1960s, and not many British shows can say that.