, Jeri Ryan
, Sam Page, Sophina Brown, Alexis Cruz
, Sarah Carter
and Danielle Panabaker star in the new drama series Shark
, premiering tonight (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS. “Shark” follows the professional and personal life of Sebastian Stark, a charismatic, supremely self-confident defense attorney who, after a shocking outcome in one of his cases and a personal epiphany, brings his cutthroat tactics to the prosecutor's office.
As the head of the Los Angeles District Attorney's High Profile Crime Unit, Sebastian Stark (James Woods) is forced to work for his former nemesis, Jessica Devlin (Jeri Ryan), the ambitious and accomplished D.A. who despises his ruthless strategies. Devlin teams him with a group of young prosecutors who are about to have the learning experience of a lifetime because, though Stark is seeking to redeem himself, he has no intention of changing his underhanded approach to cases just because he's now working for the "good guys."
His young team includes Casey Woodland (Sam Page), a privileged hunk who is arrogant about his abilities as a young attorney; Raina Troy (Sophina Brown), a smart, tough new addition to the office; Martin Allende (Alexis Cruz), an intellectual from South Central L.A.; and the high-powered Madeleine Poe (Sarah Carter), who joins the team in order to learn from the best. It's an eye-opening experience for this rookie group of lawyers who begin to use Stark's infamous brass knuckle tactics in their cases. With his 16-year-old daughter, Julie (Danielle Panabaker), rooting for him at home, this legal shark must now prove that he can play, and win, on the other side of the law.
In the premiere episode, while Stark is reeling from getting a not-guilty verdict for a client who then committed the same crime again -- but now with fatal consequences -- Stark accepts the mayor's proposal to head up the Los Angeles District Attorney's High Profile Crime Unit. With the exception of aspiring defense attorney Madeleine Poe, the young lawyers assigned to Stark's team are less than eager to work with him, and he's anything but impressed with their past performances. However, he's given only 48 hours to prepare to prosecute the case of a pop star accused of murdering a young man she claims she killed in self-defense, so Stark is forced to rely on his rookie team for help as he simultaneously guides them with tips from his legal "cutthroat manifesto." Whitfield plays the pop star's defense attorney, and Leo plays the mother of the young man who was killed by the pop star.
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, (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on ABC.
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, tonight (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.
Grammy Award-winning recording artist John Mayer
makes a cameo appearance, performing two new songs from his third studio album, Continuum. Mayer performs his current single, "Waiting on the World to Change," as well as "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room," for Catherine and Nick at a nightclub. Danny Bonaduce
also guest stars as an ex-rocker who ends up a murder victim.
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* The Dunder Mifflin staff deals with some surprises around the office in the wake of casino night on The Office
(8:30 p.m. NBC): When Michael unintentionally outs a gay employee, he stumbles through a sensitivity mine-field. Also, we find out what happened with Jim and Pam.
* In the minutes following last season’s finale of ER
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