Disney provided hotel and transportation for press events in LA.
My daughter wants to be a lawyer when she grows up, she is currently studying acting and the art of debate. She is learning how to do research and come up with arguments even for things she doesn’t agree with which I think are necessary skills in life and if she follows through with this current career choice. This also makes the new ABC series For The People very interesting to me. ABC’s For The People follows the career paths of both beginning prosecutors and beginning defenders as they learn and compete to be the best lawyers they can be.
For the People stars one of my current favorite actors Britt Robertson and I believe she will quickly become one of your favorite characters on the series. I got to watch the pilot episode and I found myself wanting to watch the next episode. I really enjoyed this court series, they did a good job of balancing what lawyers do with their personal stories.
From L-R: WESAM KEESH, JASMIN SAVOY BROWN, BRITT ROBERTSON, SUSANNAH FLOOD, BEN RAPPAPORT, REGE-JEAN PAGE, VONDIE CURTIS-HALL
We also had the opportunity to sit down with some of the actors from the new ABC series For The People while we were in LA just over a week ago. ABC For The People stars we chatted with included, Jasmin Savoy Brown who plays Allison Adams, Wesam Keesh who plays Jay Simmons, Rege-Jean Page who plays Leonard Knox, Susannah Flood who plays Kate Littlejohn, and executive producer and creator Paul William Davies.
The show idea came from Jasmin, who pitched it to Paul who is still legally a lawyer, played around with two ideas. One of them was showing the perspective of both sides of the high profile cases that come from the Mother Court in the Southern District of New York. He wanted to make sure that you get a “richer sense of how the law works and how justice is made in America.” He has been able to draw off his own experience and from the people he’s worked with and went to law school with. We got so much information from the actors and how they prepared for the roles that I feel like I could write an entire post about what it takes to prepare as an actor to be in a law series. Mostly though, I’m just going to say they had to research the part. Wesam said he did shadow a public defender, and Jasmin said her information came from Susannah who did a TON of research and told her which books to read. This show will not be “ripped from the headlines” but it will have “real world relevance.”
See For the People doing well on ABC and continuing on for more season to come.
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ABOUT ABC FOR THE PEOPLE:
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.
“For The People” stars Britt Robertson as Sandra Bell, Jasmin Savoy Brown as Allison Adams, Ben Rappaport as Seth Oliver, Susannah Flood as Kate Littlejohn, Wesam Keesh as Jay Simmons, Regé-Jean Page as Leonard Knox, Ben Shenkman as Roger Gunn, Hope Davis as Jill Carlan, Vondie Curtis-Hall as Judge Nicholas Byrne and Anna Deavere Smith as Tina Krissman.
The series from ABC Studios is created by Shondaland’s Paul William Davies, who executive produces alongside Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Tom Verica.
“Pilot” was written by Paul William Davies and directed by Tom Verica.