Anthony Anderson Joins “Public Defenders” Pilot
20th Television is developing a new single-camera comedy pilot called “Public Defenders”, which is about four inexperienced public defenders, who are up to their earholes in student loan debt and work tirelessly to keep their clients out of jail. Along the way, they have to rely on one another to navigate their first defendants, the absurd court system and the copy machine that always jams.
According to Deadline, Anthony Anderson is going to be starring in the series and will play Marshall, the public defenders’ boss. He has seen every kind of public defender come through his office, and now that he’s a deputy-in-charge, he sees it as his responsibility to transform his deputies into cutthroat defense attorneys. Marshall’s hard line is revealed to be tough love, as he’s deeply protective of them. Anthony has previously starred in the ABC hit series, “Black-ish”.
The pilot episode of “Public Defenders” will be directed by Randall Einhorn, and Eddie Quintana has written it. Liz Astrof is the showrunner for the series. All four of them will be executive producing the show along with McG, Mary Viola and Corey Marsh for Wonderland Sound and Vision and Artists First’s E. Brian Dobbins.
Should the pilot get the greenlight, it’ll likely be released on ABC and Hulu in the United States, and as a Star Original on Disney+ internationally.