Sin City Law



10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10
Sundance Channel

This eight-part documentary series that looks at the details of four recent criminal trials in Las Vegas is another ho-hum day in the voyeurism that marks so much of reality television.

The cases (the slaying of a young child, for one) are sensational for sure, but after a while, we wonder why we're peering into yet another black day in the lives of people we don't even know. "Sin City Law" is rather pointless and, to make it worse, rather formulaic in light of all that's out there on the small screen.

Yes, each Monday night we're traipsing after the attorneys, the law, the murderers. We're in their faces, they're in ours. Now what? True, this series -- filmed by Denis Poncet and Jean-Xavier De Lestrade and directed by Remy Burkel -- is an inside view of just how the criminal justice system works these days. But certainly we know enough about it. It's told to us in dramatic series that are compelling; it's told to us in countless reality series we can't escape. Here is one more for the pot. The camerawork might be sprightly and the real people here extremely unrehearsed, but it's still the same old same old by now.