- Jul 2011
Alisa Filipova is a lawyer, who has no practiced for many years now, had no need to, being married to a powerful and wealthy man, Piotr Filipov, head prosecutor (same as state attorney in US) of Leningrad region; they been the perfect power couple)
But then, her husband falls from grace; not only does he lose his position and is arrested, in a huge corruption scandal
His dalliances with prostitues and whatnot are also exposed.
So, long story short, Alisa basically leaves him with the kids, moves into an apartment of her own with the kids, and re-starts her life; and her old law school friend, Vitaly Kalinin, invites her to join his firm, and, of course, old feelings are rekindled between them, as they work together
Yep, exactly like the American show haha Only, instead of gritty, corrupt Chicago, it is set in even gritter and MUCH more corrupt St. Petersburg
Well, they are honest, on the NTV site announcement page it is openly stated that this is an adaptation of the American "Good Wife".
Though, how they will fit it all to Russian realities will be fascinating to see.
Even, for the example, the state attorney election, which was a major plot line in the American show
In Russia, nobody elects prosecutors, they are simply appointed from above. So, that's gone, right there haha
But, yeah, can't wait to watch this...
Alexandra Ursulyak (Alisa) even actually resembles Julianna Margulies, amazing casting there
Alexander Domogarov (Piotr Filipov) is a famous star over there, or, at least, USED TO BE, rather, he became an icon playing a Moscow police detective in a drama series about a decade ago now. But, he hasn't appearned in any movies or on TV for years, mainly just worked at his theatre (which is no shame, theatre is greatly respected over there, btw, all the movie stars have own theatres to which they are dedicated since they were teens in acting school ). This is considered his big comeback to the screen...
Russian TV has adopted plenty of Western shows, actually. Truthfully, the results are usually mixed, at best...
One of their worst flops was an attempt at own "Law & Order", couple years ago lol
Main problem with that one was, they took TOO MUCH from the original, it was too AMERICANIZED, I would say. The police detectives in the show quite simply didn't act the way Russian cops act, the way everyone there knows and is accustomed to. It wasn't natural.
Like, they literally had these supposedly Russian detective politely informing people of their rights, while arresting them; calling their lawyers, etc
OTOH, there is for example, a show over there, like "Glukhar", which is VERY popular; and it is thanks in part to its indeed realism.
They have a Major Stas Karpov there, one of the characters, he is as fucked up as it gets; but he only hurts equally fucked up criminal people.
Here, dude makes a ruckus in his holding cell; Karpov, irritated, comes over and casually knocks some sense into the bastard
But, yeah, they had have their own versions of "Dr. House" over there (and that one was pretty good actually, I watched it)
Putin and his ideology may seem like an antithesis of the West... But, they borrow plenty from here, these days, actually