Picks and Pans Review: Kings

updated 03/23/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/23/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC, March 15, 8 p.m. ET |



Based on the Biblical tale of King David, this modern dynastic soap is like Dirty Sexy Money at the palace, or Henry IV staged by Gossip Girl. It's got problems. Christopher Egan, looking like a young Robert Redford with a dollop of Matt Damon, is David Shepherd, a soldier elevated to a powerful new position after rescuing the son of Benjamin, king of a very American-looking land called Gilboa. Ian McShane (Deadwood?) makes a great king: You fully believe the man sees no discrepancy between nation building and bumping off twerps at court. David, though, is a clod, tripping over affairs of state. Banish him!

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