AMC Developing Legal Drama Starring Damon Gupton, Aunjanue Ellis and Seth Gilliam

Posted on October 1, 2012 /TV

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AMC is gearing up to shoot the pilot of an untitled legal drama with an unusually high amount of black lead and supporting roles. Written by Richard LaGravenese (Beloved) and to be directed by Tony Goldwyn, the legal thriller centers on Adam Page, a District attorney who uncovers new evidence that prompts the reinvestigation of a high-profile murder case involving white defendants and black victims. The show is said to put an emphasis on racial themes.

Damon Gupton will play the lead role of Adam. Aunjanue Ellis is set to play Adam’s wife, Billie Page, a partner in a financial services firm. However, she will not be the female lead. Seth Gilliam has also been added to the cast as Adam’s younger brother, a handsome uniformed cop.

Gupton’s television credits include “Law and Order,” “Deadline,” and more recently, “Prime Suspect.” Ellis’ credits include “The Practice,” “True Blood,” and “The Mentalist.” She also appeared in the Oscar nominated feature The Help and can be seen next in Lifetime’s “Abducted: The Carlina White Story.” Gilliam, best known for his role as Det. Ellis Carver on HBO’s “The Wire,” has starred in “Law and Order,” “Oz” and “The Cosby Show.” He currently appears on MTV’s “Teen Wolf.”