Title character Sebastian Stark is an L.A. hot-shot lawyer who leaves his lucrative career as a defender of rich criminals to try public prosecution under the District Attorney (D.A.), He ...
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Title character Sebastian Stark is an L.A. hot-shot lawyer who leaves his lucrative career as a defender of rich criminals to try public prosecution under the District Attorney (D.A.), He forms a trial team of his own, consisting of young lawyers, like Casey Woodland, son of a legislator, who get a opportunity to learn straight from the master, if they can stand his hellish pace and walk the tight rope between respecting the law while using it and winning whatever it takes. A P.I. helps out digging up factual information. In nearly every episode a criminal is found out and put behind bars, after testing out tactics in Stark's private mock court, Sebastian often also has to deal with his daughter Julie, who surprisingly chose live with him rather than her mother in New York after their divorce. 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. Woods has spent most of his career focusing on feature films, not television. He said about the decision though he had nothing against TV as most people assumed, as he had done TV movies. There were simply no characters he was willing to commit to full time until the part of Sebastian Stark came along. The creator was looking for somebody like him to play the part anyway See more »
In Season One, Jessica's opponent in the race for the D.A.'s office is named Brian Cutler. He is never seen on screen, but people refer to him on multiple occasions. When Kevin Pollak begins playing the character in Season Two, his name becomes Leo Cutler. See more »
I've seen the first two episodes, and within the confines of a one hour network TV lawyer drama, Shark is very good, and for James Woods fans, lots of great James Woods moments. Dialogue sounds like it was written for him, and we get that great Woods sarcasm and slashing style.
I had long since abandoned network TV, but this one had a pretty good premise and James Woods is perfectly cast.
Some great chemistry with all these egos (DA, LAPD brass, defense lawyers), and the daughter adds some depth and a human side his character tries hard to hide.
Sure, there's overlap with his character in the McMartin Pre-School movie, but still worth putting down the remote for an hour on Thursday nights.
A must see for James Woods fans, and this show could earn him some new ones.
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