All Rise (TV series)
|Based on||Courtroom 302|
by Steve Bogira
|Developed by||Greg Spottiswood|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||12 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Greg Spottiswood|
Michael M. Robin
|Production location(s)||Los Angeles, California|
|Running time||44 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Shimmering Pictures|
Tall Baby Productions
CBS Television Studios
Warner Bros. Television
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||September 23, 2019 –|
All Rise (stylized all rise.) is an American legal drama television series created by Greg Spottiswood that premiered on CBS on September 23, 2019, as a Monday night entry in the 2019–2020 television season.
Follows the cases and personal lives of judges, prosecutors, and public defenders in a Los Angeles courthouse.
- Simone Missick as Judge Lola Carmichael, an idealistic former prosecutor and newly appointed Judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
- Wilson Bethel as Deputy District Attorney Mark Callan, a member of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and best friend of Lola Carmichael.
- Jessica Camacho as Emily Lopez (formerly Emily Lopez-Batista), a member of the Los Angeles County Public Defender's office who is in the process of divorcing her husband against whom she has a restraining order.
- J. Alex Brinson as Deputy Sheriff Luke Watkins, a four-year veteran bailiff who plans to leave the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and become a lawyer upon the completion of his law degree.
- Ruthie Ann Miles as Sherri Kansky, an experienced judge's assistant assigned to new Judge Lola Carmichael despite their difficult relationship.
- Lindsay Mendez as Sara Castillo, a court reporter and friend of Emily Lopez.
- Marg Helgenberger as Judge Lisa Benner, a veteran judge and mentor to Lola Carmichael.
- Reggie Lee as DA Thomas Choi, Mark's boss.
- Nadia Gray as Ria, Mark's girlfriend.
- Mitch Silpa as DDA Clayton Baker, a hard-charging prosecutor who clashes with Lola.
- Lindsey Gort as Amy Quinn, a high-powered defense attorney who shares a complicated history with Mark.
- Tony Denison as Vic Callan, Mark’s father.
- Paul McCrane as Jonas Laski
- Suzanne Cryer as DDA Maggie Palmer
Notable guest stars
- Colin Ford as Billy Webb ("Fool for Liv")
- Jere Burns as Adam Pryce, an overtheatrical attorney to several Hollywood stars. ("Fool for Liv")
- L. Scott Caldwell as Roxy Robinson, Lola's mother. ("Uncommon Women and Mothers")
- Ever Carradine as Felice Bell, Lola's old nemesis from her days as a district attorney. ("How to Succeed in Law Without Really Re-trying")
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date ||Prod.|
|1||"Pilot"||Michael M. Robin||Greg Spottiswood||September 23, 2019||T15.10156||6.03|
|On her first day as a judge, Lola Carmichael decides not to accept a plea deal after public defender Emily Lopez argues that the arresting officer, Det. Jackie Leyland, framed her client Daphne Rivas for theft; after being pressured by the police chief not to charge Leyland, Judge Carmichael instead forces both the defense and the prosecution to submit new evidence that contradicts the officer's testimony, allowing Rivas to go free; she then warns Leyland never to lie in her courtroom again. DDA Mark Callan is set to try a man accused of robbery who insists on representing himself and uses the opportunity to cross-examine Mark, revealing that his father Victor Callan is a known grifter and criminal. Through a clever trick, however, Mark convinces the jury that his opponent is guilty. Emily meets Luke, a bailiff training to be a lawyer, but having already been through an abusive relationship, she decides she's not ready for a new one with him. Lola tells Daphne that she knows her mother was the real culprit and made her take the fall by threatening to abandon her and her unborn baby; she encourages her to leave and start her own life.|
|2||"Long Day's Journey into ICE"||Michael M. Robin||Gregory Nelson||September 30, 2019||T13.22102||5.66|
|An ICE agent illegally enters Lola's courtroom to take a defendant into custody, sparking a confrontation between the courthouse and the federal government over California's status as a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants. Mark discovers that the father of a young woman he's prosecuting paid a witness to lie on the stand, causing the case to be wrongly dismissed. Aware of the pressure of having to protect a criminally inclined parent, he persuades the girl to testify against her father, getting him sentenced to two years in prison with the help of his superior, DA Thomas Choi. Emily prepares to enter a guilty plea on her client's behalf that would send him to prison for four years and strip him of his right to asylum, but Lola refuses to accept it. Instead, she finds a loophole that allows the defendant to instead be charged with a misdemeanor, ensuring that he will only have to serve three months and protecting him from deportation. Later that night, Mark gives Lola a housewarming gift: a framed photo of her hero, Nyota Uhura.|
|3||"Sweet Bird of Truth"||Anthony Hemingway||Sunil Nayar & Iturri Sosa||October 7, 2019||T13.22103||5.27|
|An unusual case is presented to Lola: a gamer, Janny Cartwright, accusing her friend of hacking into the popular online game Skyrise and "murdering" her avatar Errk. To facilitate her testimony, Lola allows Cartwright to testify while in character as Errk, leading to the prosecution threatening to file a complaint against her for incompetence. Recognizing that the case is civil, not criminal, in nature, Lola persuades both sides to agree to a settlement, in which no jail time will be served. Against Choi's wishes, Mark chooses to file charges in a racially-charged incident for which there is no clear proof and the victim refuses to testify. Faced with near-certain defeat, he wins only by submitting evidence proving that the man intended to commit violence. While jogging to work, Luke is mistaken for a vandal and arrested by one of his fellow deputies, Murphy, who eventually lets him go free but refuses to admit his mistake. At an evening gala to receive a medal for heroic actions, Luke confronts Murphy in uniform and tells him off before the ceremony. Emily accepts Luke's invitation to have dinner with him at a nearby diner.|
|4||"A View from the Bus"||Bronwen Hughes||Aaron Carter||October 14, 2019||T13.22104||5.03|
|Emily obtains permission from Lola to execute a "jury view" so that the jurors can experience a recreation of the crime scene involving her client, Dylan Frank, accused of taking part in a shooting. The trip initially goes well, but when police report an active shooter in the area, the court is forced to take shelter. This causes Lola to fear that her decision will lead to a biased verdict, and she insists on personally meeting with each of the jurors individually before deciding who to strike. Mark is prosecuting a powerful heroin kingpin; his entire case is based on video footage provided by Det. Leyland. Warned by Lola, Mark takes a closer look at Leyland's evidence and quickly realizes that the warrant she used to obtain it was based on a CI's false testimony. Despite his misgivings about challenging the police, he informs Choi, who calls in the police chief and gets him to have Leyland investigated. Mark is forced to dismiss the charges, but Choi congratulates him, noting that the business of prosecutors is to get justice, not convictions. In spite of Lola's fears, the jury finds Dylan not guilty. Luke decides that he will train to be a public defender like Emily.|
|5||"Devotees in the Courthouse of Love"||Michael M. Robin||Shernold Edwards||October 21, 2019||T13.22105||5.44|
|The courthouse prepares for Marriage Day, an annual tradition in which anyone can get married free of charge. Lola is stunned to learn that her latest defendant will be charged thousands of dollars in court costs, so she works out a plan for him to serve a few hours in jail instead so long as he stays out of trouble. Emily's client, a Catholic nun (Emma Dumont), falsely confesses to stealing from her church; Emily determines that she did so in order to protect her mentor, the church's accountant, who stole the money in a dispute over how it was to be spent. Emily arranges for the stolen funds to be returned, and Lola sentences her client to community service. Mark's rival, Amy Quinn, beats him in court by using dirty tactics, but surprises him afterwards by informing her guilty client that she will not be representing her in the future. They agree to have dinner together as soon as Mark settles things with Ria. Luke helps Emily remove her engagement ring so she can return it to her former mother-in-law. Judge Brenner arrives to officiate the weddings, despite confiding to Lola that her partner dumped her earlier that day.|
|6||"Fool for Liv"||Stacey K. Black||Conway Preston||October 28, 2019||T13.22106||5.49|
|A celebrity trial pits Lola against Adam Pryce, a lawyer willing to use every trick in the book to win: submitting illegal evidence, making prejudicial statements, intimidating the jury, and even going after the judge herself, resulting in a highly charged atmosphere where Lola and her court must find a way to ensure the fairness of the proceedings. Emily tries to get Mark to sign off on a more favorable deal to her client, who belongs to a family of criminals; after a difficult conversation about how they both know what it's like to have family issues, Mark agrees. After being forced to stay with Sherri for the night when her home address is posted online, Lola has had enough and orders a formal complaint written up against Pryce, threatening him with potential disbarment to keep him in line. Choi then delivers a powerful cross-examination of the defendant, forcing her to incriminate herself and sealing her fate. Lola is disgusted to find that Pryce doesn't even care that he lost, only that he was outmaneuvered. While helping Luke prepare for his exams, Emily gives into her feelings and kisses him.|
|7||"Uncommon Women and Mothers"||Paul McCrane||Sunil Nayar||November 4, 2019||T13.22107||5.11|
|A minor earthquake strikes the courthouse. Lola discovers her social activist mother, Roxy, is testifying on behalf of Jax, a non binary homeless youth who uses they/them pronouns and is accused of arson. Mark is prosecuting the case and hammers Roxy with questions implying Jax's guilt, leading to Roxy being found in contempt of court for refusing to answer. Only when Lola tells Roxy to have faith in the system does she agree to finish her testimony. Emily tells Luke that while she kissed him, she does not want to pursue their relationship any further for now. Sherri and Sara compete with each other for the chance to be named the building's new earthquake safety warden. Lola refuses to sign off on a warrant over Fourth Amendment concerns, but Brenner overrules her and signs it; Lola angrily confronts her but recognizes that she doesn't have the same experience and foresight as her mentor. Jax is found guilty, but only on a minor charge with no prison time. Encouraged by Roxy, Mark has a drink with his father. Luke tells Emily that she needs to decide what she wants. Brenner assigns Lola to be the safety warden.|
|8||"Maricela and the Desert"||Sheelin Choksey||Mellori Velasquez||November 18, 2019||T13.22108||5.33|
|Luke shadows Mark for the day as he travels to Las Vegas to pick up a witness arrested for assaulting an officer. After beating a judge in a game of pai gow, Mark gets the witness released and brings him back in time to testify. Lola's latest defendant, Felix Flores, is accused of murdering his wife Linda despite no body having been found. Among the witnesses is his eleven-year old daughter Maricela, who's unwillingness to put her father in prison results in Emily and Lola crossing swords as the latter goes above and beyond to avoid breaking up their family. Following state guidelines, Lola modifies her courtroom to make Maricela comfortable so she can testify. Emily spots an inconsistency in the testimony of another witness, Linda's best friend, and has the police look into it. A search of the witness' house reveals the truth: Linda, a recovering addict, had an overdose and was buried by her friend in secret to hide her own habit. Felix and Maricela are reunited, and Emily goes to apologize to Lola, who is annoyed by her lack of respect but concurs she would have done the same as a lawyer.|
|9||"How to Succeed in Law Without Really Re-trying"||Cheryl Dunye||Gregory Nelson||November 25, 2019||T13.22109||5.12|
|Lola's old nemesis Felice (Ever Carradine) announces she is appealing one of Lola's biggest cases while she was at the district attorney's office: putting an Alt-right sympathizing bomber in jail for the murder of a young woman. As Mark's case for the appeal begins to fall apart, and Lola confronts Felice about intimidating her, she begins to wonder if she put an innocent man behind bars. However, Mark is able to convince one of the witnesses to bring forward new evidence, leading to the appeal being curbed. Emily defends a former prisoner accused of conspiring to kill the judge who sentenced him. However, his theatrics cause Emily to attempt to create doubt — and is put in a difficult position when she discovers he is faking it. After some advice from Luke, she gets him to enter a guilty plea by threatening to quit. Emily and Sara then decide to become roommates.|
|10||"Dripsy"||Patricia Cardoso||Sunil Nayar & Aaron Carter||December 9, 2019||T13.22110||5.30|
|11||"The Joy from Oz"||Claudia Yarmy||Conway Preston||December 16, 2019||T13.22111||5.54|
|12||"What the Constitution Greens to Me"||Steve Robin||Shernold Edwards & James Rogers III||January 6, 2020||T13.22112||5.96|
|13||"What the Bailiff Saw"||Scott Ellis||Gregory Nelson||January 20, 2020||TBA||TBD|
|14||"Bye Bye Bernie"||TBA||TBA||February 3, 2020||TBA||TBD|
On January 31, 2019, it was announced that CBS had given the production, then titled Courthouse, a pilot order. The pilot was written by Greg Spottiswood, who also executive produced. Production companies involved with the pilot included Warner Bros. Television.
On May 9, 2019, it was announced that CBS had given the production, now titled All Rise, a series order. A day after that, it was announced that the series would premiere in the fall of 2019 and air on Mondays at 9:00 P.M. A trailer for the series was released on May 15. The series debuted on September 23, 2019.
On October 22, 2019, the series received a full season order. On December 5, Dee Harris-Lawrence was announced to be replacing Sunil Nayar as a co-showrunner; she will be working alongside series developer Greg Spottiswood, who will not depart.
In February 2019, it was announced that Simone Missick had been cast in the pilot's lead role. The next month, it was reported that J. Alex Brinson, Lindsay Mendez, Marg Helgenberger, Ruthie Ann Miles, Jessica Camacho and Wilson Bethel had joined the cast. On August 20, 2019, Reggie Lee and Nadia Gray were cast in recurring roles. On September 10, 2019, it was reported that Mitch Silpa had been cast in a recurring capacity.
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 56% approval rating with an average rating of 5.98/10, based on 16 reviews. The website's critical consensus states, "While All Rise can't quite rise above the shows it aspires to be, it shows potential for future growth while providing a decent showcase for Simone Missick." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 62 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Throughout is first eight episodes, All Rise has been the highest-rated freshman program of the 2019-20 television season. The series has averaged 7 million viewers a week, in Nielsen's Live-plus-three day viewership.
|1||"Pilot"||September 23, 2019||0.7/3||6.03||0.3||2.49||1.0||8.53|
|2||"Long Day's Journey into ICE"||September 30, 2019||0.6/3||5.66||0.4||2.36||1.0||8.02|
|3||"Sweet Bird of Truth"||October 7, 2019||0.6/3||5.27||0.3||2.20||0.9||7.48|
|4||"A View from the Bus"||October 14, 2019||0.6/3||5.03||N/A||2.10||N/A||7.14|
|5||"Devotees in the Courthouse of Love"||October 21, 2019||0.7/3||5.44||N/A||2.03||N/A||7.48|
|6||"Fool for Liv"||October 28, 2019||0.7/3||5.49||N/A||2.13||N/A||7.62|
|7||"Uncommon Women and Mothers"||November 4, 2019||0.6/3||5.11||N/A||2.22||N/A||7.33|
|8||"Maricela and the Desert"||November 18, 2019||0.6/3||5.33||N/A||2.08||N/A||7.41|
|9||"How to Succeed in Law Without Really Re-trying"||November 25, 2019||0.6/3||5.12||0.3||2.42||0.9||7.54|
|10||"Dripsy"||December 9, 2019||0.5/3||5.30||N/A||2.14||N/A||7.43|
|11||"The Joy from Oz"||December 16, 2019||0.7/3||5.54||0.3||2.02||1.0||7.56|
|12||"What the Constitution Greens to Me"||January 6, 2020||0.5/3||5.96||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
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