Billy Bob Thornton To Star In David E. Kelley’s Amazon Drama ‘Trial’

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  • 24Emmy
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    Billy Bob + David E. Kelley? Yes, please!:

    Billy Bob Thornton To Star In David E. Kelley’s Amazon Drama ‘Trial’

    by Nellie Andreeva    July 23, 2015 6:15pm

    Billy Bob Thornton is set for the lead in Trial, the Amazon Studios drama from The Practice, Ally McBeal and Picket Fences
    creator David E. Kelley, which is on track for a 10-episode
    straight-to-series order. Kevin Costner previously had been eyed for the
    role but talks fell through.

    David Semel, who has directed the pilots for such series as Heroes, Person Of Interest, Madam Secretary, and most recently, CBS’ upcoming Code Black and Amazon’s The Man In The High Castle, is expected to direct.

    The legal drama, which Kelley co-wrote with his Practice and Boston Legal
    producer, fellow former attorney Jonathan Shapiro, centers on Billy
    McBride (Thornton). Once a big and powerful lawyer, Billy has become a
    shell of his former self, an alcoholic in a rumpled suit. Billy’s
    downfall came after he lost a case that saw an innocent kid murdered,
    and his guilt-driven alcoholism cost him his wife and his job after his
    longtime partner Cooper turned on him and kicked him out of their law
    firm. Still hanging onto his dry charisma, Billy is now going
    head-to-head against Cooper, bringing a case against his former partner,
    which begins to stir in him his old ambition.

    Kelley and Shapiro executive produce Trial with Ross Fineman (FX’s Lights Out, A&E’s Damien).

    Trial is one of several drama pilots that were recently quietly picked up by Amazon including Shane Black’s spaghetti Western Edge; thriller/family dramedy The Patriot, from Steve Conrad; and 1970s drama The Good Girls Revolt.

    This marks Oscar winner Thornton’s first series regular role in 20 years, since comedy Hearts Afire. He recently toplined the first installment of FX’s Fargo limited series, winning a Golden Globe.

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    KyleBailey
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    Here for this 

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    TomHardys
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    Yawn.

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    Halo_Insider
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    I don’t know. I feel like I’m kind of done with David E. Kelley. Though I definitely think The Crazy Ones had its moments (and I know it was beloved by a lot of people here), the last show of his that really grabbed me was Boston Legal. Maybe I’ll tune in when Thornton inevitably gets his big Emmy episode.

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    Choice Chayawat
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    Courtroom dramas are nearly dead. Most legal dramas try to stay out of courtrooms these days. This sounds like a more serious version of Harry’s Law, more gritty and darker than what David E. Kelley has done lately, but it might turn overtly quirky in the end.

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    David Buchanan
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    I’m very excited for this now that Billy Bob Thornton has been cast!  I’m a large fan of a lot of David E. Kelley’s work, even Harry’s Law.  While many here think that his style is both been-there-done-that and now antiquated, with which I partially agree, I think being on a streaming service as opposed to his traditional home of network television, will allow him to explore darker issues and could mark a departure into uncharted territory.  I have my fingers crossed for this one! 

    Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.

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    Christopher Kolasa
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    Love Kelley, not so much Thornton – at all.
    sadly will probably pass now. sometimes you just can’t get passed certian things,

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    Atypical
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    “Fargo” made me a convert with Billy Bob, but I’d rather seen Kevin Costner sign on to this, or an outside-the-box choice like Kurt Russell for example. I don’t have Amazon Prime anyways, so this isn’t pressing news to me, but I’ll encounter it eventually since Kelley shows are routinely Emmy players in one form or another.

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    Anonymous
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    I can see at least a Drama Actor nom even if people don’t really like the show overall, a la Jeff Daniels. Or Kathy Bates in Harry’s Law.

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    dsps84
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    David E. Kelley: one-trick pony since 1986.

    All kidding aside, he is great at writing courtroom speeches.

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    DamianWayne
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    I’d ask if this guy ever gets tired of writing the same trite lawyer dramas but that answer is clearly no.

    zzzzzz 

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    Jw79bull
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    Courtroom dramas are nearly dead. Most legal dramas try to stay out of courtrooms these days. This sounds like a more serious version of Harry’s Law, more gritty and darker than what David E. Kelley has done lately, but it might turn overtly quirky in the end.

    But…How To Get Away With Murder and The Good Wife are both hits…. 

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    Anonymous
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    One of those is true.

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    Choice Chayawat
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    HTGAWM usually has a few courtroom scenes, but its main focus is what’s happening out of court like getting information, finding evidence and digging dirt, and not cross-examination and closing argument.

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    BTN
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    Good wife and htgawm both do take the position that inside courtroom stuff is meaningless! What wasn’t solved by Kalinda outside the Courtroom? What about htgawm and its five kalindas? Nothing is done inside the courtroom on those shows. I like and its classic and been around since beginning of TV but long cross examinations and closing statements where people are supposed to be persuaded or lies exploded. Not everyone already knows everything because of private investigators or students stealing lying manipulating for the “facts!” This is why I joined Prime!!!

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