September 25, 2006 12:00 PM

Shark

CBS (10 p.m. ET)

DRAMA

This is basically House in court. James Woods plays Sebastian Stark, a ruthless, hotshot defense lawyer whose career is waylaid by a massive guilt trip: A physically abusive guy he gets acquitted promptly bludgeons a woman to death. Morally awakened but still snarky and likely to bite if provoked, Mr. Stark goes to work for the district attorney, doing the public good even while terrifying his legal team with a hectoring stream of orders, questions and theories. Woods is every bit as entertaining as he strives to be. Stark is both a negative energy force and the life of the party. He all but pulls out balloons, sculpts them into dachshunds—and pops them. Pah!

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