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DEFENDERS, THE
Air Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Time Slot: 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on CBS
Episode Title: (#101) "Pilot"
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JIM BELUSHI, JERRY O'CONNELL, JURNEE SMOLLET AND TANYA FISCHER STAR IN "THE DEFENDERS," A NEW DRAMA PREMIERING WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 22

"Pilot" - Nick and Pete defend a young man facing a murder charge in a case unique to Vegas that requires a slight bending of the rules and 'by any means necessary' tactics, on THE DEFENDERS, a new drama premiering on Wednesday, Sept. 22 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

THE DEFENDERS is a 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, 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, 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, an enthusiastic young attorney looking to put her exotic dancing days behind her; and their young assistant, Sophie, a spunky and sweet ing´┐Żnue who is eager to please her bosses. While Lady Luck shines on their legal careers, the partners have their hands full when it comes to their personal lives. With Pete busy cruising the Vegas Strip for his latest romantic conquest, Nick is focused on repairing a fractured marriage to his estranged wife and 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.

SERIES REGULARS:

Jim Belushi: Nick Morelli
Jerry O'Connell: Pete Kaczmarek
Jurnee Smollett: Lisa Tyler
Tanya Fischer: Zoey Waters

RECURRING CAST:

Bruce Jarchow: Clyde
Cole Jensen: Sammy
Gillian Vigman: Jessica
Natalie Zea: Meredith

GUEST CAST:

Teddy Sears: Ada Cole
Stephen Root: Judge Taylor
Michael Adler: Dr. Pitts
Helena Mattsson: Tawney
Eric Ladin: Dan
Gizza Elizonda: Ana
Nick Nordella: Scott
Max Adler: Robert
Matthew Florida: Edward
Rebecca Rose Phillips: Kimberly
Kim Yarbrough: Clerk
Norma Michaels: Eunice
Frank Sinatra, Jr.: Frank Sinatra, Jr.
Laura Niles: Eva
Angie Patterson: Denise
Tom Fitzpatrick: Emcee
Nate Reese: Deputy Jerry

WRITTEN BY: Executive Producers Kevin Kennedy & Niels Mueller

DIRECTED BY: Executive Producer Davis Guggenheim

RATING: TV-PG

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