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Perry Mason (HBO) - limited series - S: Matthew Rhys - premieres 6/21/20

Matthew Rhys is going from stealing America’s secrets to embodying one of its icons.

Fresh off his Emmy-winning six-season run on FX’s The Americans, Rhys has signed on to star as legendary fictional criminal defense lawyer Perry Mason in a prospective limited series at HBO. The project is being produced Robert Downey Jr., who was originally eyed to play Mason. (Downey Jr.’s Team Downey shingle has been trying to get a Perry Mason project off the ground for much of the past decade.)Rhys, who will also serve as a producer on the project, will play Mason at a time in his life when he is living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator. He also finds himself haunted by his wartime experiences in France and is suffering the effects of a broken marriage.

Rolin Jones (The Exorcist) and Ron Fitzgerald (Westworld) will pen the adaptation and serve as co-showrunners.

Here’s the project’s logline:

1932, Los Angeles. While the rest of the country recovers from 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 Erle Stanley Gardner, this limited 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 search is on for a director to helm the limited series.

Perry Mason was most famously played by late actor Raymond Burr, who starred as the defense attorney for nine seasons on CBS’ Perry Mason series (1957–1966) and 26 subsequent TV movies (1985–1993).
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re: Perry Mason (HBO) - limited series - S: Matthew Rhys - premieres 6/21/20

I love Matthew Rhys. Certainly interested in this now.
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Never having read them, does any of this storyline appear in Gardner's books, even as a background reference?
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re: Perry Mason (HBO) - limited series - S: Matthew Rhys - premieres 6/21/20

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Never having read them, does any of this storyline appear in Gardner's books, even as a background reference?
Hard to say if the plot is pulled from one of the books or not. Gardner wrote 80+ Perry Mason books. The Case of the Crafty Kidnapper and The Case of the Deadly Toy could be potential candidates.
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re: Perry Mason (HBO) - limited series - S: Matthew Rhys - premieres 6/21/20

It seems like an odd choice for HBO.
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re: Perry Mason (HBO) - limited series - S: Matthew Rhys - premieres 6/21/20

Officially ordered to Series: https://deadline.com/2019/03/hbo-per...ys-1202580838/

Tim Van Patten, who has directed many HBO shows will direct and serve as EP.
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Tatiana Maslany Joins Matthew Rhys in HBO's 'Perry Mason'
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/li...XuYWiU2TLXewX0


Officially in.
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re: Perry Mason (HBO) - limited series - S: Matthew Rhys - premieres 6/21/20

Matthew Rhys and Tatiana Maslany in a show?
wow!
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I don’t typically sign up for these extra services (I did for the beginning of Game of Thrones), but this one I just might die to the cast alone!

I wonder if it will air this year or next.
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Highly unlikely that it airs this year.
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John Lithgow Joins HBO's Perry Mason Limited Series Opposite Matthew Rhys
https://tvline.com/2019/05/07/john-l...WbjfNAcQwN6bIA
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re: Perry Mason (HBO) - limited series - S: Matthew Rhys - premieres 6/21/20

Has the entire first season already been shot?
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Has the entire first season already been shot?
They were filming last summer. I would say probably yes it's wrapped.
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You know his name, but not his past. The new original series Perry Mason, starring Emmy winner Matthew Rhys, premieres June 21. Based on characters created by 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.
Perry Mason also stars Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) as powerful preacher Sister Alice and John Lithgow (The Crown) as E.B. Jonathan, an attorney and Mason’s semi-regular employer. Robert Patrick (Scorpion), Chris Chalk (Gotham), Shea Whigham (Homecoming), Nate Corddry (Mom), Veronica Falcon (Queen of the South), Jefferson Mays (I Am the Night), Gayle Rankin (GLOW) and Lili Taylor (American Crime) round out the cast.
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Re: Perry Mason (HBO) - limited series - S: Matthew Rhys - premieres 6/21/20

That looks awesome.
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Re: Perry Mason (HBO) - limited series - S: Matthew Rhys - premieres 6/21/20

Looks great. Love that it's a period show. I'll definitely be watching this summer.
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Re: Perry Mason (HBO) - limited series - S: Matthew Rhys - premieres 6/21/20

Funny that HBO and Showtime are having dueling 1930's Los Angeles detective shows going head-to-head.

I am very much looking forward to this one.

Did we know that Perry Mason was a PI before he was a lawyer? Or is he supposed to be a lawyer in this?
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Ok, I'm in.
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Re: Perry Mason (HBO) - limited series - S: Matthew Rhys - premieres 6/21/20

New trailer. Shows a lot more. Looks GREAT


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Did we know that Perry Mason was a PI before he was a lawyer? Or is he supposed to be a lawyer in this?
​​​​​​Answering my own question, he’s a detective here.
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Re: Perry Mason (HBO) - limited series - S: Matthew Rhys - premieres 6/21/20

TVLine watched the first six episodes and gives it an A-. https://tvline.com/2020/06/16/perry-...-matthew-rhys/

I'm very interested in watching this now.
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That would be sick if this became the theme song for the opening credits

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Only “downsides” I’ve read are it’s not in line with the written character and acts more of a precursor to the legal years. I’ve never really seen the originals so not an issue for me!
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Originally Posted by mwbmis View Post
It seems like an odd choice for HBO.
And will the old school fans accept their beloved TV show back with a TV-MA rating?
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And will the old school fans accept their beloved TV show back with a TV-MA rating?
I think they'll figure out pretty quick this is "their beloved old show" in name only.

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