The much anticipated "Fairly Legal" made its debut last night. Although, many may of not been on the edge of your seat waiting for this program to air but it sure had a ton of media hype the last few weeks.
My email and email alerts were inundated with a steady stream of press releases, interviews with the stars, and even other people blogging about this show.
So, what was all the hype? Most of it was because the USA network does an amazing job (in my opinion) in advertising their shows. For me, it was because (for those who may of not heard) about a woman who is a mediator.
Mediation has gone prime time!
As I was watching, from a mediator's lens, I was thinking all the negatives I could pull from this show. Until I realized, this is television. Is every show about any one profession accurate? Law and Order, CSI, Gray's Anatomy? Royal Pains (another USA show)? No, we watch these shows for entertainment.
Here is why I liked the show. Simply, it mentions mediation. It mentioned "Alternative Dispute Resolution", "win-win" (maybe one too many times), and my favorite.."mediators build bridges". Not all bad in my opinion. It makes mention of a field that many people have never even heard of. The accuracy of it, the sensationalism of it, well that's T.V.
It may just do what I hope it does, make people hear the word mediation for the first time, create others to have a healthy interest about the field, and then it is up to us, the working professionals to show people what we are about.