Allen Coulter directed the pilot of the drama penned by Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman. The show will air Tuesdays at 10 PM (with additional broadcasts throughout the week). Close returns to the cable network — where she appeared in the cop drama "The Shield" — as a high-stakes litigator. Byrne (La Dispute - Sydney Theatre Company, "Wicker Park"), Donovan (Rabbit Hole - Geffen Playhouse, Lobby Hero, "The O.C.") and Ivanek (The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, The Pillowman, "Oz") co-star along with Ted Danson, Anastasia Griffith and Noah Bean (Voyage of the Carcass).
Among stage folk who will appear in the New York-filmed series are Tom Aldredge, Natalie Venetia Belcon, Philip Bosco, David Costabile, Maya Days, Michael Gaston, Kevin Isola, Michael Nouri, Saundra Santiago and Miriam Shor.
Close won Tony Awards for her performances in Sunset Boulevard, Death and the Maiden and The Real Thing. The actress, known for such movies as "Fatal Attraction," "Dangerous Liaisons" and the Mel Gibson "Hamlet," also appeared onstage in The Play What I Wrote, Benefactors, The Crucifer of Blood, Rex and Barnum — for which she earned her first Tony nomination. She starred in TV versions of South Pacific (opposite Harry Connick, Jr. in 2001) and The Lion in Winter (with Patrick Stewart in 2003).
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