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TV Review: “The Firm”

Paul Kalis

Mitchell McDeere (Josh Lucas), a young attorney, brought down the law firm of Bendini, Lambert & Locke, which operated as a front for the Chicago mob. After ten years in the Witness Protection program, Mitch and his family are able to return to their normal lives. However, the mob boss’ son seeks revenge for his father’s prison term. Mitch’s brother and his brother’s girlfriend work for his upstart law firm. Because the family is in need of money and under surveillance, Mitch takes a job at Kinross & Clark, another shady law firm.

The series is based on the 1993 movie starring Tom Cruise, which was based on a novel written by John Grisham. This latest addition to the franchise picks up 10 years after the Cruise movie. According to Forbes, this show, which airs as a mid-season replacement on NBC, won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. The Sony Television Network, which is producing the show, has committed to a full 22-episode season. International networks paid upfront licensing fees for the right to air an entire season of the show. As a result, when Sony brought the series to NBC, almost the entire cost of production had already been covered. This allows NBC to turn an easy profit even if ratings decline, causing commercial prices to plummet as well.

“The Firm” airs on NBC Thursdays at 10 p.m. As reported by TV Guide, the premiere was the worst rating in the history of NBC for an NBC regular season drama debut. On February 3rd, 2012, NBC announced that “The Firm” was being rescheduled to Saturdays at 9 p.m.

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