I attended the #WrinkleInTimeEvent on behalf of Disney and ABC in Los Angeles 2/24-2/27. This post is part of the required content series, all opinions and experiences are my own.
ABC’s new drama For The People premieres tonight March 13th, at 10/9c. Check out our interview with the Creator and Cast of the show!
While in Los Angeles for the #ABCTVEvent/#WrinkleInTimeEvent, I had the chance to screen the first episode of the new ABC drama For The People and interview Creator/Executive Producer Paul William Davies, Executive Producer Tom Verica and the cast of the show including Jasmin Savoy Brown (Allison Adams), Susannah Flood (Kate Littlejohn), Regé-Jean Page (Leonard Knox), and Wesam Keesh (Jay Simmons). Check out the highlights and more information about the show!
Set in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (a.k.a. “The Mother Court”), the new Shondaland series follows six talented young lawyers working on opposite sides of the law and handling the most high-profile and high-stakes federal cases in the country. These lawyers will be put to the test both personally and professionally as their lives intersect in and out of America’s most prestigious trial court, on “For The People,” TUESDAY, MARCH 13 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
On The Creation Of The Show
Paul William Davies: I brought this idea to Shonda, I had been kind of playing around with two ideas for a while. One of them was a a show set in the Southern District of New York the Mother Court, which in legal circles is kind of the highest most prestigious trial court in the United States. And I thought a show set in that court with the kinds of cases that come out of that court and the lawyers that work in that court could be really interesting. I also wanted to do something that showed the perspective of both sides. Not like in a formulaic way but in a way that you got a richer sense of how the law works and how justice is made in America. I thought having that dual perspective could be an interesting new way to approach a legal show. And so I brought those ideas to Shonda and we talked them through and ended up combining those two ideas into what has become this show.
On The Vision Of The Show
It’s not a ripped from the headlines show, but it is definitely going to have real world relevance and a lot of the stuff that we do in the first season are real topics in law today. I think people recognize and hopefully appreciate that.
On Preparing For Their Roles
Wesam Keesh: I actually did shadow a public defender at the L.A. courthouse and that was an amazing experience, just what the public defenders have to deal with within a few hours, from like a bicycle theft case to a sexual assault case to somebody showing up for their prison sentence, to a juvenile trying to not get jail time. So they have to deal with a lot and it was very eye opening, there’s a lot of dark humor behind the scenes which plays into it.
Jasmin Savoy Brown: I also have a public defender that I Skype with who’s in New York and that’s invaluable. Even just while we’re Skyping she got like five calls in half an hour and just understanding the nature of what that actually looks like and her critiquing the show, just from the trailer that’s not what it’s like, I’m like wait, you’ll see when you watch, I promise. Yeah it’s really it’s been really good.
Regé-Jean Page: I got into contact with a couple of folks in this city and went to court in Compton, which is an experience. I didn’t know before I started working this that everyone has the right to go and just watch justice be done, like you can turn up and watch a case with very-very few exceptions which is incredible because it is so important for justice not just to be done but to be seen to be done.
And just kind of being in that environment, in a courthouse environment and feeling people work at an incredibly high level, with people’s lives in their hands every single day is an extraordinary thing and something you kind of need to feel palpably before you can kind of take it on. Just the fact they walk into this courtroom every day, real people’s lives incredibly intricate complicated stories. And you have to boil that down and deliver it to jury with all the technicalities involved and essentially either save lives or not and with ten other cases on your back and five calls coming in every ten minutes.
Tune in tonight at 10/9 C for the premiere of ‘For The People’ and follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #ForThePeople!