Sebastian 'the Shark' Stark is L.A.'s hotshot criminal lawyer, who can save even the worst violent scum from conviction by a jury, for an obscene fortune. When wife-beater Gordie Brock he got off is arrested for murdering that same spouse Deena six days later, expecting the Shark to save his bacon again, he finds himself infected with some conscience and stops his profit-driven practice. Now mayor Manuel Delgado seizes his chance to convince Stark to join the underfunded prosecutor's office, which never stood a chance against him, and help justice rather then the rich. District Attorney Jessica 'Jess' Devlin, whom he knows to be far below his class talent-wise, becomes his new boss. He already knows from his private files all the inexperienced by-the-book lawyers he gets assigned as assistants, such as senator Woodland's son Casey, and starts teaching them how to use, even bend the system. Their first case in only 48 hours, is star singer Jenny Dennison, who murdered Terence 'Terry' ... Written by
Shark was in jeopardy of getting canceled before it even started, but James Woods gave the legal drama new life once he signed on to star in the pilot. See more »
I live by three simple rules; my "cutthroat manifesto." These rules guide every single decision I make on every single case. Rule No. 1: Trial is war. Second place is death. Rule No. 2: Truth is relative. Pick one that works. Rule No. 3: In a jury trial, there are only twelve opinions that matter, and, Ms. Troy, yours most decidedly is not one of them. Now, from this day forward, every case will be David versus Goliath, and guess who's holding the slingshot?
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My first look at this show was last week on DVD. It wasn't bad; hey, James Woods is usually interesting no matter what movie role he's play (TV is new to him)....and Danielle Panamaker - wow, what a face! Woods does what he does best: playing an intense, hyper character. In this opening episode, his lines delivered fast with many quips. In fact, they came so fast you can't catch them all.
Playing a veteran defense attorney who reluctantly switches sides, he has a bunch of young hotshots assigned to work with him. None of these people are very unrealistic,of course, as Wood's "Sebastian Shark" is over-the-top, to lead this circus parade. In real life, no one talks like the people here.
I can see the show didn't make it - Woods, as interesting as he can be can wear thin with his hyper mouth; 2 - The show has so many quick lines that it's way above the average "Roseanne" crowd, so a show where you really have to pay attention, may not keep a huge audience.
Overall, I detect a lot of smugness - funny and clever at times - but a bit too much.
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