In the reboot to beat all reboots, Perry Mason makes a return to TV after a gap of 54 years. (Don’t @ me about that dismal 1973 attempt at a reprisal.)
The newly imagined series (originally a straight up legal drama, here worked over with a little less courtroom, and a whole lot more drama) stars Emmy winner Matthew Rhys (The Americans, Brothers and Sisters) in the title role made famous by Raymond Burr, and debuts on HBO in June.
Per the cabler, “1931, Los Angeles. While the rest of the country struggles through the Great Depression, this city is booming! Oil! Olympic Games! Talking Pictures! Evangelical Fervor! And a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong. Based on characters created by author Erle Stanley Gardner, this drama series follows the origins of American fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason. When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.”
The series also stars an impressive array of talent including John Lithgow, Tatiana Maslany, Juliet Rylance, Chris Chalk, Shea Whigham, Stephen Root, Gayle Rankin, Nate Corddry, Veronica Falcon, Jefferson Mays, Lili Taylor, Andrew Howard, Eric Lange, and Robert Patrick.
Executive producers (in alphabetical order) include Amanda Burrell, Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, Ron Fitzgerald, Joe Horacek, Rolin Jones, and Timothy Van Patten (who also directs); co-executive producer: Aida Rodgers; producer: Matthew Rhys; created by Rolin Jones & Ron Fitzgerald; based on the characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner.
Perry Mason reopens his case files Sunday, June 21 at 9:00 pm ET/PT on HBO.