Once a successful corporate lawyer at a prestigious Philadelphia law firm, Jack Shannon lost his marriage and his job, due in part to a compulsive gambling habit. While Shannon maintains a ... See full summary »

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1991   1990  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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 Neala Shannon 11 episodes, 1990-1991
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 Lou Gondolf 9 episodes, 1990-1991
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Once a successful corporate lawyer at a prestigious Philadelphia law firm, Jack Shannon lost his marriage and his job, due in part to a compulsive gambling habit. While Shannon maintains a good relationship with his daughter, his professional career has hit rock bottom. He becomes a general practioner of law, gaining a loyal secretary in Lucy Acosta when he manages to free her boyfriend from jail. Shannon also gains an unlikely investigator in Wilmer Slade, a verbose enforcer for one of the many loan sharks to whom Jack is in debt. Although he has sworn off gambling, Shannon continues to use his skill as a cardplayer to help him work out his cases, and he always tries to work out deals for his clients without having to go to court. Written by Mark Limvere-Robinson

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Writer and Director John Sayles wrote the teleplay for the pilot, and directed one of the episodes. He also has a cameo role in the premiere episode "Words to Music", as a jealous boyfriend who gets into a confrontation with Jack Shannon. See more »

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[Jack Shannon tries to talk Wilmer Slade out of taking his entire payment]
Jack Shannon: Then you should understand that a payment of this size is going to make Mr. Testa very upset.
Wilmer Slade: Why do I sense an oncoming assault on logic?
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Sheridan's triumph
23 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

This short-lived series was an acting tour-de-force by the under-appreciated Jamey Sheridan. Here is an actor who captured every nuance of the complex sympathetic Shannon struggling, as much as anything, to re-polish a very tarnished humanity. A fine series, still missed by all too few of us.


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