The Defenders (2010 TV series)

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The Defenders
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Genre Comedy-drama
Legal drama
Created by Kevin Kennedy
Niels Mueller
Starring Jim Belushi
Jerry O'Connell
Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Tanya Fischer
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 18 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Harry Gantz
Joe Gantz
Kevin Kennedy
Niels Mueller
Carol Mendelsohn
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s) Carol Mendelsohn Productions
CBS Productions
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original release September 22, 2010 (2010-09-22) – March 11, 2011 (2011-03-11)

The Defenders is a 2010 American legal comedy-drama that was ordered to series by CBS for the 2010–11 television season.[1][2] The series originally ran from September 22, 2010 to March 11, 2011. Set in Las Vegas, Nevada, the show involves a pair of defense attorneys who go all out to help their clients while keeping their personal lives in order. The show is loosely based on real-life Vegas lawyers Michael Cristalli and Marc Saggese.[3][4] This series is not related to the 1960s CBS series of the same name.

In October 2010, CBS announced that the show had been picked up for a 19-episode season with the option to produce a full 22-episode season.[5] In January 2011, CBS announced that The Defenders was moving from its Wednesday timeslot to the Friday timeslot vacated by Medium, with Blue Bloods temporarily moving to the timeslot The Defenders vacated. Blue Bloods returned to its Friday timeslot in February 2011 owing to the series premiere of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. The Defenders aired the last six episodes of its season on Fridays at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 p.m. Central.[6] Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell star as the defense attorneys of the show's title.

On May 15, 2011, The Defenders was canceled by CBS and it was not renewed for a second season.[7]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Jerry O'Connell as Pete Kaczmarek, a freewheeling playboy lawyer
  • Jim Belushi as Nick Morelli, Pete's partner, who is very passionate about his work and the clients he helps
  • Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Lisa Tyler, a young lawyer who worked her way through law school as a dancer
  • Tanya Fischer as Zoey Waters, Pete and Nick's assistant

Supporting cast[edit]


International broadcasts[edit]


In the  UK, FX acquired the rights to air episodes from April 8, 2011.[9]

In  Poland AXN and AXN HD Polska from November 15, 2010.[citation needed]

In  the Netherlands on Net5 from May 19, 2014

In  Portugal on Fox Portugal.

In  Germany, kabel eins acquired the rights with the Sat 1 network airing from March 27, 2011.[10]

In  Russia on SET from January 27.[11]

In  Austria on ORF.

In  Italy on Rai 3 from September 12, 2011.

South Pacific[edit]

In  Australia on Network Ten's primary channel from June 1, 2011 with re-runs on their HD channel.[12]

In  New Zealand, TV3 are burning off the show from midday December 31, 2013. With the exception of the pilot it is shown in HD. The subtitling is an edited STL conversion of the original WGBH-TV CBS paid for captions.


In  Malaysia on RTM's tv2 from midnight May 18, 2011.


In  South Africa on DSTV from November 3, 2011.


  1. ^ The Futon Critic Staff (May 17, 2010). "CBS Welcomes Four to Freshman Class". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ CBS (May 19, 2010). "CBS Announces 2010–2011 Primetime Schedule" (Press release). The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ Starr, Michael (June 26, 2010). "Vegas attorneys inspire 'The Defenders' on CBS". New York Post. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ Katsilometes, John (October 2, 2010). "'The Defenders' calls on Cristalli & Saggese to make Vegas its home court". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 21, 2010). "CBS Gives Full-Season Orders To All 5 Freshman Series: 'Hawaii Five-0', 'Blue Bloods', 'Defenders', 'Mike & Molly' & '$#*!'". Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ CBS (July 22, 2010). "CBS Announces 2010–2011 Premiere Dates" (Press release). The Futon Critic. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  7. ^ Seidman, Robert (May 15, 2011). "'The Defenders,' 'S#*! My Dad Says,' and 'Mad Love' Canceled By CBS". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Dan Aykroyd to Reunite with Jim Belushi on The Defenders". Retrieved November 30, 2010. 
  9. ^ "FX UK hires The Defenders" (Press release). C21 Media. July 28, 2010. Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
  10. ^ ""The Defenders": Kabel eins sichert sich Anwaltsserie mit James Belushi". January 4, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
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  12. ^ "The Defenders – Channel Ten". Retrieved May 30, 2011. 

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