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THE DEFENDERS stars Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell in a comedic drama about two colorful Las Vegas defense attorneys who go all-in when it comes to representing their clients. Nick and Pete are the local go-to guys with an eclectic client list who are still looking to hit their own jackpot. Leading the law firm of Morelli & Kaczmarek are Nick Morelli (Belushi), an earnest, hard-charging attorney who represents his clients to the best of his ability, no matter how big or small the case, and his partner, Pete Kaczmarek (O’Connell), whose passion for the law is matched only by his love of fast cars, beautiful women and expensive clothes. Joining them in their growing law practice is new associate Lisa Tyler (Jurnee Smollett), an enthusiastic young attorney looking to put her exotic dancing days behind her; and their young assistant, Sophie (Tanya Fischer), a spunky and sweet ingenue who is eager to please her bosses. As Lady Luck shines on their legal careers, the partners have their hands full when it comes to their personal lives. While Pete is busy cruising the Vegas Strip for his latest romantic conquest, Nick is focused on repairing his fractured marriage to his estranged wife, Jessica (Gillian Vigman), while remaining present in the life of their young son. No matter the offense, Nick and Pete aim to prove that when the stakes are high they’re willing to bet the house on the clients they defend in Sin City. Carol Mendelsohn, Niels Mueller and Kevin Kennedy, Joe and Harry Gantz, and Davis Guggenheim are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios.

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Jurnee Smollett playing a former exotic dancer? Say what?!

There isn't much one can do with a series with this kind of format, so it absolutely rests on how well Belushi and O'Connell can bring their ambulance-chasing attorneys to life. Unfortunately, Belushi and O'Connell, as actors, are known more for killing good times than creating them. Even worse? Between the two, Belushi will be the one who's shirtless more often. Count on it.

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I was Bored and should have watched the Tudors on CBC instead. They bill this as a comedic drama, but all I could see was they expected the name Belushi to bring all the comedy instead of having any in the writing. This just made me miss Boston Legal.

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I was Bored and should have watched the Tudors on CBC instead. They bill this as a comedic drama, but all I could see was they expected the name Belushi to bring all the comedy instead of having any in the writing. This just made me miss Boston Legal.

They should have kept CSI New York on Wednesday. The show got the same ratings CSI was getting. I found the show rather boring myself too.

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