Oh, no. No, no, no, no, no. This is bad.
I have a distinct one-sided love for tough-as-nails, devil-may-care, the-world-be-damned, other-cliche-tough-guy-sayings characters. I have a huge blind spot. I don't know if I can trust myself to be objective.
There is something so seductive and intriguing about the authority figure who's personal tragedy has launched his controlling, likely addictive, difficult personality from prickly to compulsive. It happens all of the time. (Looking at you, House, Lie to Me, Sherlock, Leverage, M*A*S*H*, Scrubs, and infinite variations of CSI.) Ironside knows exactly what its public wants in a gritty crime show.
While I think the airwaves are plenty saturated with procedural crime dramas, I remain on the fence about Ironside. Crime shows can be entertaining and fun and different while the building blocks remain unchanged. I'm not worried about the plot lines; crime dramas tend to stick to the tried-and-true method of storytelling, leaving their audience highly entertained if unchallenged.
What remains is how well the show handles the supporting cast. It's the integrity of the characters--how believable they are in their roles, how well their dynamics are written, how original their roles are--that will make or break this show.
More than anything, I'm trying to look past the obligatory female character's placement on the team and hope she develops as an interesting and new take on the "strong female character." Trying.