The Lincoln Lawyer (TV series)

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The Lincoln Lawyer
GenreLegal drama[1]
Created byDavid E. Kelley
Based onThe Brass Verdict
by Michael Connelly
Developed byTed Humphrey
Starring
ComposerDavid Buckley
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producers
  • David E. Kelley
  • Ted Humphrey
  • Michael Connelly
  • Ross Fineman
Running time45–55 minutes
Production companies
  • David E. Kelley Productions
  • Hieronymus Pictures
  • Algorithm Entertainment
  • Fineman Entertainment
  • A+E Studios
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseMay 13, 2022 (2022-05-13) –
present (present)

The Lincoln Lawyer is an American legal drama streaming television series created for television by David E. Kelley and developed by Ted Humphrey, based on the 2008 novel The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly, a sequel to his novel The Lincoln Lawyer. It stars Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Mickey Haller, a defense attorney in Los Angeles who works out of a chauffeur-driven Lincoln Navigator rather than an office. Neve Campbell, Becki Newton, Jazz Raycole, Angus Sampson, and Christopher Gorham also star.

It premiered on Netflix on May 13, 2022. It received generally positive reviews from critics. In June 2022, the series was renewed for a second season.

Premise[edit]

Lawyer Mickey Haller works in the back of his Lincoln Navigator as he takes on cases in Los Angeles.[2]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (left) and Neve Campbell (right) portray Mickey Haller and Maggie McPherson, respectively

Recurring[edit]

  • Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine as Detective Raymond Griggs, a detective investigating Elliot's alleged murder case
  • LisaGay Hamilton as Judge Mary Holder
  • Jamie McShane as Detective Lee Lankford, a detective investigating Angelo Soto with Maggie
  • Reggie Lee as Angelo Soto, a business owner suspected of utilizing slave labor; currently being prosecuted by Maggie
  • Carlos Bernard as Robert Cardone, a District Attorney running for re-election
  • Kim Hawthorne as Janelle Simmons, also running for District Attorney
  • Elliott Gould as Legal Siegal, a family friend of Mickey and his father
  • Michael Graziadei as Jeff Golantz, Deputy District Attorney and prosecutor in the Trevor Elliot trial
  • Krista Warner as Hayley Haller, Mickey and Maggie's daughter
  • Lamont Thompson as Judge James P. Stanton
  • Saul Huezo as Jésus Menendez, an old client of Mickey's, who Mickey encouraged to plead guilty despite believing he was innocent
  • Katrina Rosita as Tanya Cruz, Soto's girlfriend
  • Heather Mazur as Carol Dubois, an insurance agent

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"He Rides Again"Liz FriedlanderDavid E. KelleyMay 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
2"The Magic Bullet"Erin FeeleyTed HumphreyMay 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
3"Momentum"Erin FeeleyTed HumphreyMay 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
4"Chaos Theory"Bill D'EliaChris DowneyMay 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
5"Twelve Lemmings in a Box"Bill D'EliaAndi BushellMay 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
6"Bent"David GrossmanGladys RodriguezMay 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
7"Lemming Number Seven"David GrossmanZach CaligMay 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
8"The Magic Bullet Redux"Alonso Alvarez-BarredaJustin PeacockMay 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
9"The Uncanny Valley"Alonso Alvarez-BarredaChris Downey and Ryan Hoang WilliamsMay 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)
10"The Brass Verdict"David GrossmanTed Humphrey and Michael ConnellyMay 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In 2018, David E. Kelley wrote a spec script for a television series set up at Epix by A+E Studios. When the script failed to move forward, he decided to work on a different project with A+E, ultimately adapting The Lincoln Lawyer after sharing his interests in working on legal dramas. In June 2019, the project was given a series production commitment by CBS.[2] In February 2020, Ted Humphrey came aboard as showrunner and Kiele Sanchez joined the cast as Lorna,[3] with Angus Sampson and Jazz Raycole joining a few weeks later as Cisco and Izzy, respectively.[4][5] In May 2020, it was reported that the series would not be going forward at CBS due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.[6]

At the time of the decision, which CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl called a "tough call," two scripts for the series had been written, with two more in development, and Logan Marshall-Green had been in negotiations to star as main character Mickey Haller.[6][7] On January 11, 2021, Netflix picked up the series with a 10-episode order, down from the original 13-episode plan,[6] and announced that Manuel Garcia-Rulfo would star as Haller.[8][9] In February 2021, Neve Campbell and Becki Newton joined the cast, with Raycole and Sampson returning to the series.[10][11] Christopher Gorham was cast in March.[12] In April, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine was cast in a role created specifically for the series,[13] with LisaGay Hamilton,[14] Jamie McShane, and Reggie Lee joining the cast in recurring roles.[15] Krista Warner was cast in May.[16]

On June 14, 2022, Netflix renewed the series for a second season, which will be based on The Fifth Witness.[17]

Filming[edit]

The Lincoln Lawyer began filming in Los Angeles on March 30, 2021.[18][19] That same day, author Michael Connelly revealed on social media that the COVID-19 pandemic had previously delayed principal photography for around a year.[20] On June 8, 2021, Connelly said in an interview that six out of the ten episodes had been filmed, of which three of them had been edited completely, while also confirming that characters in the Amazon Prime Video series Bosch, including Haller's half-brother Harry Bosch (portrayed by Titus Welliver), would not be making appearances as both shows are from different networks.[21] Filming concluded on August 3, 2021.[22] Notable filming locations included Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey,[23] Spring Street in Downtown Los Angeles,[24] Grand Avenue,[25] the Wilshire Ebell Theatre,[26] and Wilshire Boulevard.[27]

Lawsuit[edit]

In August 2021, A+E Studios subsidiary Frankl & Bob Films II, LLC filed a lawsuit against ViacomCBS for "millions of dollars" in losses after it decided to not move forward with the series the previous year.[28] Citing the company's creation on December 4, 2019, the documents state that "after the merger, ViacomCBS's new leadership, led by [George Cheeks] had second-guessed CBS Network's decision to enter into the 13-episode series commitment," and that after finding it "was not valuable to ViacomCBS ... Mr. Cheeks and his fellow ViacomCBS executives decided that it would be better for ViacomCBS as a whole if CBS Network breached that commitment."[28] The documents also claim that ViacomCBS rejected the series because the first episode had not been filmed and said "that breach ensured that the series would never make it onto broadcast television."[28]

Release[edit]

The first season premiered on Netflix on May 13, 2022.[29]

Reception[edit]

Audience viewership[edit]

By its first three days of release, the series finished #2 on Netflix's weekly ratings. In its first full week of streaming, it was the platform's most-watched English-language series globally, with over 108 million viewing hours, more than three times the second-place show.[30] Between May 8 and June 5, 2022 the series was watched 260.53 million hours globally.[31]

Critical response[edit]

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 79% of 29 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 6.4/10. The website's consensus reads, "David E. Kelley's adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer relies too much on quirk to paper over its lack of true novelty, but this is a reliable enough vehicle for fans of legal pulp."[32] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 62 out of 100 based on 16 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[33]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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