The Defenders (2010 TV series)
|Created by||Kevin Kennedy
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||18 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Harry Gantz
|Running time||43 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Carol Mendelsohn Productions
CBS Television Studios
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV),
|Original release||September 22, 2010– March 11, 2011|
The Defenders is a 2010 American legal comedy-drama that was ordered to series by CBS for the 2010–11 television season. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Cast and characters
- Jerry O'Connell as Pete Kaczmarek, a freewheeling playboy lawyer
- James 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
- Gillian Vigman as Jessica, Nick's estranged wife
- Teddy Sears as Thomas Cole, a prosecuting attorney
- Glynn Turman as Judge Bob Owens
- Dan Aykroyd as Judge Maximus Hunter
In the Netherlands on Net5 from May 19, 2014
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.
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