|"Whaaaaaat have I gotten myself into???"|
SOA, as you may recall, is not another hit from ABC. SOA hails from NBC, the folks who gave us the train wreck to end all other train wrecks, Deception (*shudders*). The pilot for SOA showed us they haven't lost their touch.
To be fair, the problem is not Alfre Woodard (obviously); woman is 62 this year and looking flawless. But I don't think she should get too comfortable in that Oval Office; I've yet to read a single glowing review of this show, and in typical fashion, the blame is being heaped upon Katherine Heigl when it's the writers who have ultimately failed.
In addition to a flimsy plot and a lackluster supporting cast, something which really rubbed me the wrong way was how the writing tried ever so desperately to force the two leads together. They reaaaally, really, really wanted us to believe that the POTUS and Heigl love each other to pieces and are "family". Every endearment and tender tone just seemed way too contrived, much like the "friendship" between Joanna Locasto and that dead chick on Deception. Woodard and Heigl have zero chemistry in that regard and it hurts to watch them try.
Also, I'm once again not digging the excessive focus on the white lead; treating Meagan Good like an afterthought on her own show was the fail that kept on failing, and it seems we're getting another dose of that now. Alfre Woodard has been acting since Katherine Heigl was born - literally since Heigl was born. Woodard began acting in 1978, the exact year Heigl was born. Wikipedia actually divides Woodward's career up by the decade. Ergo, she should not be Heigl's Mammy. She shouldn't have minimal screen time, and her role as President of the United States needs to be more than just bait.
Step it up, NBC. I've already forgotten 95% of the pilot. The 5% I do remember is Alfre Woodard.