CBS’s new crime drama has been getting a lot of attention from the media for its seduction and sex appeal. Reckless follows a Yankee litigator named Jamie (Anna Wood) and a southern attorney named Roy (Cam Gigandet) as they work on a scandalous case and try to mask their attraction for one another. It’s one of the most anticipated dramas of the summer, and is sure to be a hit.
Here’s what you need to know about the sexy new series.
1. The Show Is Written By The Woman Who Adapted Nicholas Sparks’ ‘Safe Haven’
It’s fun to see the Yankee versus the Southern gentleman. Most of the world now would be like Jamie, like bulldoze in there, say whatever you want to say, and he shows that you can subvert things and win cases by being more clever with how you say things and how you make the jury feel.
— SusannaPuisto (@SusannaPuisto) June 27, 2014
Stevens also dished some details on the couple that the show revolves around. She said that the two are very attracted to each other, but
They get close to the edge.
Hmm… does this mean the romance won’t last the whole season?
2. The Show Shoots In Charleston
The show shoots and is set in Charleston, South Carolina. It’s based off of a 1997 British show with the same title and is one of the three series CBS picked up this season.
Have Sunday plans yet? Now you do! Reckless on CBS Sundays at 9pm!! http://t.co/0GmvGXphRO
— Anna Wood (@annawoodyall) June 26, 2014
TV Guide discussed the significance of setting the show in the south.
Ironically, Reckless’ more risqué scenes are set against a rather conservative backdrop. Set and filmed in Charleston, S.C., the drama pits Jamie Sawyer (Anna Wood), a brazen defense attorney from the North, against lifelong Charleston resident and newly minted city attorney Roy Rayder (Cam Gigandet).
Unfortunately for the actors, multiple reviews have claimed that Charleston outshines them.
3. ‘Twilight’ Director Catherine Hardwicke Directed the Pilot
Hardwicke is a producer, production designer, and screenwriter. In April, it was announced that she would direct the drama-edy, Miss You Already, which was rumored to star Jennifer Aniston. Her other credits include Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown, The Nativity Story, Red Riding Hood, and Plush.
4. ‘Twilight’s’ Cam Gigandet Stars In The Show
Yup- this means that the guy who played an evil vampire in the Twilight movies will be reuniting with his former director Catherine Hardwicke, and it’ll definitely be a first for the Washington native to play the nice guy. The Huffington Post wrote,
Most of the men on “Reckless” are awful and since Gigandet is so synonymous with villains (hellllo, he killed Marissa Cooper!), it may be a little surprising that he’s the series’ nicest character.
When The Huffington Post asked Gigandet whether the accent was harder to learn than all the legal stuff for the show, he said the latter was harder.
With the accent, I could just think lazy thoughts and the Southern tongue would come in. But that lingo, that’s not easy. Throughout the entire season, I mean, I felt like I got it. I progressed and got a little better, at least I hope so. It definitely took a lot of time to memorize a lot of those things in the beginning.
5. The Show Has Received Underwhelming Reviews Despite Its ‘Steamy’ and ‘Sultry’ Nature
TV Guide reviewed the show and said CBS is largely delving into new territory with the series. Executive producer Dana Stevens told TV Guide,
It’s very sexy. We would make episodes where we’d be like, ‘They are not going to let us do this. CBS really meant it when they said, ‘We want to push the envelope.’
Unfortunately, it hasn’t received rave reviews from critics. Variety posted a review that said,
Modestly diverting on its own terms and well-cast at the fringes, the show’s leads probably aren’t as compelling as they need to be, given the desire to produce fireworks between what CBS describes as its “gorgeous Yankee litigator and charming southern attorney.” So while the show masters the network’s formula, it could use a little help with chemistry.
Wicked Local was also underwhelmed. They wrote:
Merely witless, akin to a trashy and disposable beach read that should come with its own sunscreen — or perhaps a wet bar to distract us from the cheesy plotting and cardboard acting.
The show premieres Sunday on CBS at 9 pm.