July 23, 2015 at 10:16 pm #355397
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.July 23, 2015 at 10:29 pm #355399
Here for thisJuly 24, 2015 at 4:41 am #355400
Yawn.July 24, 2015 at 6:35 am #355401
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.July 24, 2015 at 7:02 am #355402
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.July 24, 2015 at 7:12 am #355403
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.July 24, 2015 at 7:24 am #355404
Love Kelley, not so much Thornton – at all.
sadly will probably pass now. sometimes you just can’t get passed certian things,July 24, 2015 at 7:54 am #355405
“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.July 24, 2015 at 9:29 am #355406
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.July 24, 2015 at 10:02 am #355407
David E. Kelley: one-trick pony since 1986.
All kidding aside, he is great at writing courtroom speeches.July 24, 2015 at 10:05 am #355408
I’d ask if this guy ever gets tired of writing the same trite lawyer dramas but that answer is clearly no.
zzzzzzJuly 24, 2015 at 10:17 am #355409
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….July 24, 2015 at 10:21 am #355410
One of those is true.July 24, 2015 at 10:48 am #355411
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.July 24, 2015 at 7:11 pm #355412
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!!!