'Flack' pops crisis-PR bubble with timely dramedy

Anna Paquin, Sophie Okonedo in 'Flack'

(CNN)Pop TV might not loom large on the average TV viewer's radar, but the cable network has a show that feels very much of the moment in "Flack," a British drama starring Anna Paquin as a take-no-prisoners public-relations pro, charged with extricating celebrity clients from various crises.

The title, it's worth noting, is a disparaging term for publicists, and the world of crisis PR provides the juiciest possible backdrop for a gig that often requires saving the rich and famous from themselves, or at least finding creative ways to minimize their missteps.
Still, in this age of social-media outbursts and click-driven journalism, "Flack" is an amusingly exaggerated look at how the sausage gets made, played as satire, while promoting these hired PR guns to a role that occasionally approximates services lawyers, agents and managers normally provide.
Paquin plays Robyn, an American working for a U.K. firm, who's completely unflappable at work and of course a mess in terms of her personal life. The latter aspect of the show is considerably weaker -- or at least, less interesting -- than the ma