First Two Episodes Receive Poor Reviews.
Kate Wash opened up her new gig in the NBC comedy 'Bad Judge' on Thursday. She explained why she made the jump from 'Grey's Anatomy' to a comedy show to become a bit more edgy and branch out in her career.
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"Bad Judge," from executive producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, follows Judge Rebecca Wright (Walsh) as she parties all night and judges all day. Her personal life is a complete mess but don't think that you're going to get one by her in the courtroom.
In the new comedy, premiering Thursday at 9/8c, Walsh stars as Rebecca, who is a tough judge by day and a fun-loving party girl by night. "She's a mess but she's unapologetic. She's figuring out life as she goes along," Walsh says. "She's not looking to be a mom. She's not looking for a relationship. She's obsessed with her work. She's super proficient at it and super smart and everything else falls by the wayside. We get to see her stumble around and make mistakes."
Walsh's character on the show hooks up frequently with an expert witness in her courtroom, and in the premiere episode, she finds herself an unexpected pseudo caretaker for an 8-year-old boy, Robby Shoemaker, whose parents she sent to jail. But they don't necessarily make a huge difference.
"As soon as I read the first page, I had a vision of how she's passed out on her bed. I was like, 'Oh, OK, I know exactly what I'd want to do with that," Walsh says. "I felt like I immediately knew who this girl or this woman is."
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In the second episode, we find Judge Wright flattening a jerk's tires with an axe while wearing a lace bustier before giving the finger to a bunch of paparazzi who are following her because she's handling a celebrity.