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'The Firm' Preview: Mitch McDeere Is In Danger, Again (VIDEOS)

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 28th 2011 4:15PM
The Firm NBCAttention 'Battlestar Galactica' fans: Tricia Helfer is back on TV and playing one heck of an imposing character once again. Helfer co-stars opposite Josh Lucas in NBC's midseason series 'The Firm.'

Based on the popular John Grisham novel and feature film, 'The Firm' picks up 10 years after the events of the film and stars Lucas as Mitchell McDeere. Helfer plays Alex Clark, the senior partner at Kinross & Clark, the firm Mitch McDeere joins as a partner. Juilette Lewis, Molly Parker and Callum Keith Rennie also star.

'The Firm' premieres Sun., Jan. 8 at 9PM ET before moving to its regular timeslot, Thursdays at 10PM ET on Jan. 12.

Check out two sneak peek promo videos below.

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Josh Lucas to Star in 'The Firm' for NBC

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 2nd 2011 4:00AM
Josh LucasJosh Lucas is reportedly taking a break from movies to take on his first starring role in a major TV drama series.

Acccording to Deadline.com, the 'Poseidon' star is in final talks to star in the long-awaited TV version of John Grisham's novel 'The Firm.' The series is based on both the bestselling novel and the 1993 movie, and is set 10 years after they ended.

Lucas will take on the role of Mitchell McDeere -- Tom Cruise's character in the movie -- who, as a young lawyer, took down a prestigious Memphis law firm after discovering that it had a dark side, operating as a front for the Chicago mob.

A decade later, 'The Firm' follows McDeere and his family as they return to the real world to reclaim their lives after traumatic events including a spell in the Federal Witness Protection program. However, past dangers are still lurking and new threats are everywhere.

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'NCIS' Creator Sues CBS Over 'NCIS: LA,' Mark Pedowitz Named New CW President and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 28th 2011 4:45PM
NCIS Los Angeles'NCIS' creator Don Bellisario is suing CBS for not including him in the creation of the now-franchise's successful spin-off, 'NCIS: Los Angeles.'

Although Bellisario was fired from the show after season 4 when star Mark Harmon threatened to leave, Deadline reports Bellisario is saying that the network was still contractually obligated to include him in the spinoff show.

The network has countered via a statement to Entertainment Weekly, saying "Don Bellisario has no rights to what he is claiming in this suit. The contract is clear, the facts are undeniable and the courts won't need Naval intelligence to conclude that the case has no merit. We continue to honor all of our obligations to Mr. Bellisario under the actual agreement."

In other TV news ...

The CW network has a new boss. Mark Pedowitz was named the new head of the network. Former chief Dawn Ostroff announced her exit earlier this year. [TV Guide]

The 'Glee' gang has scored a major guest star while they film the Nationals episode in New York this week. Apparently, Broadway leged Patti LuPone is filming scenes today with 'Glee' stars Lea Michele and Chris Colfer. [TV Line]

NBC is working on a TV series based on John Grisham's 'The Firm.' The author is on board the project as a producer. [EW]

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Grisham's 'The Firm' Coming to TV

by Audrey Fine, posted May 12th 2010 1:44PM
It's been almost 20 years since John Grisham's 'The Firm' made him an airport kiosk staple, and now, 'lo these couple of decades later, his legal thriller seems poised to finally make it to the small screen.

Deadline is reporting that a series based on a spec script by writer Lukas Reiter ('Emerald City') has been pitched to NBC and Fox as well as to a number of cable networks, including FX, A&E and TNT.

Reiter, who will exec produce the series with Grisham, attempted to get the series going at CBS a couple of years ago but never even got it to the pilot phase.

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