Nowadays, it seems like there’s an American TV drama series catering to every single action-packed profession out there. There are shows about police officers, FBI agents, doctors and nurses, lawyers – heck, even the president has his own show (looking at you, President Tom Kirkman from Designated Survivor)! And this fall another series will be joining the ongoing collection of legal dramas like Suits, How to Get Away With Murder, and the classic Law & Order – NBC’s newest show Bluff City Law.
In May 2019, NBC announced that they had ordered Bluff City Law to series with the premiere slated for the fall season – September 23, 2019, to be exact.
The official trailer came out the week following the announcement. And the local newspaper in Memphis, where the show’s location is set to take place, reported in June that the series will be filmed on location for the initial order of 10 episodes.
Who’s behind the show?
NBC will be working with the Universal Television and David Janollari Entertainment production studios.
The show’s writers include Dean Georgaris (The Brave, The Meg) and Michael Aguilar (Constantine, I’m Dying Up Here, Kidding). Who will also executive produce alongside David Janollari (Midnight, Texas, Six Feet Under). And the official NBC website lists Jessica Yu as the series director, who has also worked on Grey’s Anatomy and Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why.
As previously mentioned Bluff City Law is set to take place in Memphis, Tennessee. And showcases an elite law firm that specializes in controversial landmark civil rights cases. But it’s not just about how the lawyers navigate their cases. It also follows the complicated and tumultuous relationship between the firm’s senior partner Elijah Strait and his estranged daughter, Sydney.
Both are brilliant lawyers who used to work together in the firm. But their turbulent relationship got in the way and led Sydney to go her own way.
However, when her philanthropist mother passes away, Sydney suddenly finds herself on the receiving end of her father’s attempts to reconnect. And coming back into the folds of her father’s firm, Sydney attempts to navigate her personal resentment towards him and her desire to change the world alongside her father.
Who can we expect to see in NBC’s Bluff City Law?
After NBC gave the production a pilot order in January, they announced who will be in the show’s lead roles. Bluff City Law will star Jimmy Smits (Sons of Anarchy, How to Get Away With Murder) as Elijah Straits and Caitlin McGee (Grey’s Anatomy) as his daughter, Sydney.
Barry Sloane (Revenge) and Michael Luwoye (The Magicians, Hamilton) have also been given lead roles. Sloane will portray Jake Reilly, with Luwoye playing Anthony Little. And joining them will be Stony Blyden, Jayne Atkinson (Criminal Minds, House of Cards), and MaameYaa Boafo (Iron Fist). Blyden will play Emerson, Atkinson will portray Della Bedford and Boafo will take on the role of Briana Johnson.
Why should you watch it?
If legal dramas make up your list of must-watch shows and movies, then Bluff City Law is another great one to add to your list. The trailer alone promises lots of action mixed in with the occasional tears, of course. So, you can only imagine what the actual series will bring to the table.
Bluff City Law will air on NBC every Monday night at 10/9 central.