Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Development News - Anthony Anderson Returns to ABC with Comedy Pilot 'Public Defenders'; Plus 1 More Update!

Development News - March 7, 2023

ABC's Public Defenders and CBS' Matlock.

  • David Del Rio and Leah Lewis have joined the cast of the drama pilot starring Kathy Bates. Del Rio previously starred in ABC's one-season drama The Baker and the Beauty and in Hulu's one-season comedy Maggie. Lewis currently stars in The CW's Nancy Drew, which returns for its fourth and final season in May.
  • Del Rio will play Billy, a charismatic young associate a few years out of law school and assigned to work on one of the firm's biggest cases. He helps Matty (Bates) navigate her new work environment as he seemingly knows more than he should.
  • Lewis will play Sarah, a Junior Associate eager to get ahead and not worried about being liked. She is all ambition, determined to be seen for her smarts and willing to do anything to move up a peg at the firm. She is not pleased when she's forced to work alongside Matty, lowering her position at the company even further.
  • Anthony Anderson will star in and executive produce the comedy pilot written by Eddie Quintana. He previously starred for four seasons in NBC's Law & Order and eight seasons in ABC's Black-ish.
  • He will play Marshall, the boss of the public defenders. He has seen every kind of public defender come through his office, and now that he's a deputy-in-charge, he sees it as his responsibility to transform his deputies into cutthroat defense attorneys. Marshall's hard line is revealed to be tough love, as he's deeply protective of them.