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N.J. drama no shore thing

September 28, 2012

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It’s official: New Jersey is the new Brooklyn. There was a time when that New York borough was the source of entertainment stereotypes: blue-collar guys, waitresses with hearts of gold and street-smart women who outwitted their Ivy League competition.

Shows like “Jersey Shore” and “The Real Housewives” franchise have made a cottage industry of Garden State typecasting. But the new legal drama “Made in Jersey” (8 p.m., CBS) harks back to more vintage themes.

Martina Garretti (Janet Montgomery) may come from a New Jersey home where people talk about their hair, nails and pasta rather than laws and torts, but she’s about to get a major break, graduating from a prosecutor’s office in Trenton to a blue-blood law firm in Manhattan. How snooty is it? Kyle MacLachlan plays the big cheese! And he’s impressed enough by her moxie to put her on a huge case, preparing an almost hopeless defense for a spunky college girl accused of killing her professor because he allegedly spurned her advances.

Martina sees a lot of herself in her new client and a lot of holes in the prosecution’s case. Of course she gets inspiration while having her hair and nails done with the girls from the neighborhood. She may work in a white-shoe law firm, but she still knows how to work her short skirts and high heels.

Ridiculous? Of course. “Made” echoes, steals or recycles two essential screen roles that seemed dated when they appeared before the turn of the last century. She’s a “Working Girl” clone with a mind for law and a “bod for sin,” just like Melanie Griffith’s character in that 1988 comedy. And there’s a little Marisa Tomei from “My Cousin Vinny” (1992) thrown in for good measure.

Tonight’s season premieres

• Rob Morrow guest-stars as a released prisoner under suspicion on “CSI: NY” (7 p.m., CBS).

• After a 30-year hiatus, the gang needs to save the world on “Fringe” (8 p.m., Fox).

• A con from Danny’s past kidnaps Jackie on “Blue Bloods” (9 p.m., CBS).

• “Dateline NBC” (9 p.m.).

Tonight’s other highlights

• After a serious misunderstanding, a submarine crew takes on the world from a tropical island on a repeat of the pilot episode of “Last Resort” (8 p.m., ABC).

• A glance back on “Bering Sea Gold” (8 p.m., Discovery).

• After surgery, Kane moves to re-establish authority on “Boss” (8 p.m., Starz).

• Spirits linger in Carmel, Calif., on “Ghost Adventures” (8 p.m., Travel).

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