“He was the best trial lawyer ever.” “What happened?”
Amazon has released a new trailer for Goliath – and it gives us a taste of underdog drama that the legal series has in store. From William Hurt’s sinister, bespectacled bad guy to Bill Bob Thornton’s weary, disgraced washout, it’s a two-minute reminder why Amazon ordered the show straight to series without a pilot.
Thornton plays Billy McBride, who, after reluctantly agreeing to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, uncovers a vast and deadly conspiracy, pitting his ragtag team in a life or death trial against the ultimate Goliath.
The whole show is released on Friday 14th October.
Here’s the trailer:
Amazon’s Goliath trailer arrives as showrunners praise online TV
8th August 2016
Amazon’s legal drama Goliath will premiere on Friday 14th October.
The streaming announced the air date for the show at its Television Critics Association panel, with creators and exec producers David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro in attendance.
The show stars Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, Harold Perrineau, Olivia Thirlby, Molly Parker and Maria Bello in a drama that aims to depict the ” ultimate David vs. Goliath battle” fought on the modern US legal system. Thornton plays a down-and-out lawyer in search of redemption – and the show’s creators were vocal on the idea of truth in a justice system that has become unjust.
“Twenty years ago, litigators were heroes – now it’s slumming,” said Kelley, a former attorney. The theme is like Bernie Sanders (says), the system is rigged… Truth has no currency in law anymore.”
Thornton, also at the panel, commented: “The thing that appeals to me is (this is) a guy whose sense of justice is not exactly what’s legal, it’s what’s fair… you can’t just make a guy (all) milk and cookies.”
Kelley, meanwhile, praised Amazon for its creative freedom, saying that while Amazon “won’t tell” what their target audience is, producers should not be “leading with their market hats”, but try to tell a story that is “a scream in your belly” that must be written.
The streaming world, of course, has sought to distance itself from the idea of ratings, not to mention advert breaks, and it’s that kind of atmosphere that Kelley says he admires. Would he go back to network TV? “I don’t think so,” he joked.
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