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Belushi and O'Connell Show off Their Charm on 'The Defenders' Debut (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 23rd 2010 7:43AM
Belushi and O'Connell Show off Their Charm on 'The Defenders' DebutIt's the second legal premiere of the night! And it's also the 1,807th legal show currently on TV, more or less. So the question for the pilot episode of 'The Defenders' (Wed., 10PM ET on CBS) is whether the courtroom series will be able to stand out from the pack.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

'The Defenders' is set in Las Vegas, and features Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell as two lawyers who are poster boys for the Vegas lifestyle. In fact, they're literally poster boys -- as they play the type of attorneys who have a big tacky billboard with their 1-800 number posted prominently. The pair aren't upscale lawyers, they're basically scruffy ambulance-chasers. But on the premiere episode, they find themselves embroiled in a case that's a little more serious, involving a murder suspect who puts his life in our heroes' hands.

But the series isn't really a drama; it's more of a comedy-drama hybrid. Dramedy, if you will. As attorneys Nick Morelli and Pete Kaczmarek, Jim and Jerry have a nice, laid-back sort of chemistry. 'The Defenders' is lot more freewheeling and sexy then tonight's other courtroom pilot, 'The Whole Truth.' But it remains to be seen if audiences will go for the 'Truth's' earnestness, or this show's goofiness.

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Rita Jorgenson

I can't believe this series is being canceled. Belushi and O'Connell mke a great pair and their characters play off each other really good. Having worked in law offices for many years I found that the scripts were seemingly close to what really goes on. I think you should rethink pulling this series and maybe just move it to a new time spot.

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