‘The Fix’ is in: Robin Tun­ney stars in ABC’s Mar­cia Clark-in­spired law drama

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For­mer prose­cu­tor Mar­cia Clark is a prime force be­hind a new law drama, but its star stresses that she’s not play­ing Clark.

Af­ter her long run on “The Men­tal­ist,” Robin Tun­ney re­turns to se­ries work as ABC’s “The Fix” pre­mieres Mon­day, March 18. Not un­like the re­sult for Clark (an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and writer of the show) in the O.J. Simp­son trial, Tun­ney’s Maya Travis suf­fers a de­feat in try­ing to make a mur­der case against a celebrity (“Lost” alum Ade­wale Akin­n­uoye-Ag­baje). She then goes off the grid for sev­eral years ... un­til the same ac­tor be­comes a mur­der sus­pect again, and Maya is brought back into the Los An­ge­les District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice to pur­sue jus­tice once more.

The pleas­ant Tun­ney says of Clark, “Play­ing her would just be too stress­ful. As an ac­tor, it doesn’t give you any free­dom if you’re just be­ing the per­son who’s sit­ting on the set with you. You feel like you can’t own it prop­erly. This is (Clark’s) ori­gin story, but she has two chil­dren and has been mar­ried three times. This char­ac­ter has no chil­dren and has never been mar­ried.”

For any dif­fer­ences be­tween fact and fic­tion, “The Fix” does draw a bead on to­day’s Amer­i­can le­gal sys­tem and what its flaws might be. “Maya is very much about right and wrong, and she can­not be­lieve that the sys­tem failed the vic­tim,” ex­plains Tun­ney. “If you have enough money and have a fancy le­gal team, you can buy your­self out of a mur­der (charge), and that’s re­ally de­press­ing for her.”

Ad­di­tional “Fix” cast mem­bers in­clude Adam Rayner (“Tyrant”), Mer­rin Dungey (“Alias”), Breckin Meyer (“Franklin & Bash”) and two vet­er­ans of “Nec­es­sary Rough­ness,” Marc Blu­cas and Scott Co­hen. How­ever, Tun­ney ad­mits she’s still ad­just­ing to her new ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing No. 1 on a se­ries call sheet.

“I learned so much from (star) Si­mon Baker on ‘The Men­tal­ist,’ ” she re­flects. “He has such a strong work ethic, and he would give tiny lit­tle hints along the way, and I lis­tened ... things like, ‘When you do a walk-and-talk, you have to walk quickly if you want to give the scene ur­gency.’ I feel like I was so lucky to get paid to watch some­body who was re­ally good at it at work.”

Also fairly new for Tun­ney is be­ing a work­ing mom: Her first child, Os­car, turns 3 in June. “I’d wanted it for so long,” she notes. “I did a few movies be­fore this and when I went to work in the morn­ing, he’d ei­ther be sleep­ing or stand­ing at the win­dow, star­ing at me go­ing down the drive­way and sob­bing. So, I was like, ‘This show had bet­ter be good!’ ”

Robin Tun­ney stars in “The Fix,” pre­mier­ing Mon­day on ABC.

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