The Repair debuted tonight.  It is an uncommon show, the brainchild of Marcia Clark – the Marcia Clark, from the O. J. Simpson trial – and, as of the 1st episode, it is fairly inventive.

At least, the set-up is.   The Repair requires location about eight years soon after the O. J. character – in this case, Sevvy Johnson (played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje from Lost) – is acquitted, regardless of the very best efforts of “Marcia” now Maya (played by Robin Tunney) and “Chris Darden” now Matthew (played by Tyrant‘s Adam Rayner) for the prosecution.  But eight years soon after the 1st murder, Sevvy is not sinking quick into a planet of lowlife crime in Florida or wherever.  He’s not as prosperous as he was in his prime, but he’s performing fine.  And he’s accused of murdering his new girlfriend.

You can see why the actual Marcia Clark fantasized this, to the point of coming up with an complete series. The new murder provides Maya a opportunity to to place Sevvy exactly where she believes he belongs – in jail for not a single, but now two murders.  Matthew of course talks her back into the new case – she’s retired on some ranch up north, with some “cowboy” that she loves – and Maya’s quickly calling most of the prosecution’s shots.

Sevvy, for his element, has a lawyer reminiscent of Robert Shapiro, and a stepson reminiscent of Kayto.  So, all of the components are in location for what could be a riveting O. J. alternate history, and at extremely least, so far, is diverting.  There could even be space for Sevvy to be innocent.  His lawyer has some huge gambling debts, and it occurred to me that possibly he had anything to do with the murder, as a way of tapping Sevvy for some large legal costs.

We’ll see.  I undoubtedly will – I will be watching this new series, that is – and I will preserve you posted.