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May 19, 2018

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Attorneys are put to the test as they face off in the Southern District of New York Federal Court in the season fi- nale of "For the People," air- ing Tuesday, May 22, on ABC. All eyes are on the lawyers as they tackle some of the most controversial cases in the na- tion, but they refuse to back down until justice is served. Created by Paul William Davies ("Scandal"), the 10- episode Shondaland produc- tion stars Vondie Curtis-Hall ("Chicago Hope") as Chief Judge Nicholas Byrne, Hope Davis ("About Schmidt," 2002) as lead public defender Jill Carlan, and Ben Shenk- man ("Royal Pains") as Assis- tant U.S. Attorney Roger Gunn. The talented group of young lawyers includes Jas- min Savoy Brown ("The Left- overs") as Allison Adams, Su- sannah Flood ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") as Kate Littlejohn, Wesam Keesh ("Awkward") as Jay Sim- mons, Regé-Jean Page ("Roots") as Leonard Knox, Ben Rappaport ("Mr. Robot") as Seth Oliver, and Britt Rob- ertson ("Tomorrowland," 2015) as Sandra Bell. Anna Deavere Smith ("The West Wing") rounds out the cast as no-nonsense court clerk Tina Krissman. The cast of the ensemble drama is now part of the Shondaland dynasty, which includes hits "Grey's Anato- my," "Scandal" and "How to Get Away With Murder." The distinction was not lost on Rappaport, who spoke with in early April about landing a role in "For the People." "I would describe getting into Shondaland like getting an acceptance letter to an Ivy League school," Rappaport explained. "You feel like you're a part of a very special group and club. The whole company, top to bottom — I mean everybody — it's just a great culture of respect." Rappaport plays one half of the show's will-they-won't- they couple, Seth and Allison, who broke up after she used information gleaned from a private conversation to win a case against him. The tension between them is just one ex- ample of how the show delves into both the profes- sional and personal lives of the characters. It's a formula familiar to fans of Shonda Rhimes, who's an executive producer of "For the People," along with Davies, Betsy Beers ("Grey's Anatomy"), Donald Todd ("This Is Us") and Tom Verica ("How to Get Away With Murder"). "For the People" has con- tinued the Shondaland tradi- tion of prime-time winners. It showed promise right out of the gate as the series debut pulled in ABC's highest rat- ings in its Tuesday night time- slot in the key 18-to-29-year- old demographic in five months, with more than 3.2 million viewers in the U.S. In fact, the show is now part of a Tuesday night lineup that's earned ABC its longest win- ning streak in 11 years, thanks to a lead-in from comedies "Roseanne," "The Middle," "Black-ish" and "Splitting Up Together." A cut above other legal dramas, "For the People" has plenty to offer viewers in ad- dition to the romantic tension between Oliver and Adams. There are stereotypical over- confident attorneys such as Adams and Knox, who need a healthy slice of humble pie, but there are also a couple of underdogs viewers can't help but root for in Bell and Sim- mons. Wise leaders Carlan and Gunn offer audiences a look at both sides of the court cases as they attempt to in- spire and motivate their charges in the wake of pres- sure from above. Meanwhile, brash clerk Krissman keeps everyone in line, and no-non- sense judge Byrne serves as the voice of reason. One of the reasons the se- ries works so well is the chemistry between the per- formers. Even viewers who might not be inclined to in- dulge in legal dramas may en- joy the richly developed rela- tionships between the char- acters. In fact, the chemistry between the actors is so criti- cal to the cast and crew, production shut down when two of the roles were recast within the first two episodes so writers could ad- just dialogue and storylines to reflect the new on-screen personalities. Britne Oldford ("Skins") was originally cast as Sandra and Lyndon Smith ("Parenthood") played Allison, but both left the show early on. While there's no shortage of personal drama in "For the People," there's just as much excitement inside the court- room as the lawyers argue cases and defend clients in controversial trials. Each epi- sode tracks the lawyers as they debate such topics as mandatory minimums, whis- tleblowers, the opioid crisis and white supremacy. In the season finale, Bell defends a scientist who's been accused of spying for the Chinese government, but memories of a similar case from her past haunts her. At the same time, Simmons and Littlejohn go head to head in the courtroom in a case in- volving a drug-dealing PTA president whose clientele was comprised of students. Else- where, Adams receives a tempting offer, and Knox asks Littlejohn for advice. Don't miss the season finale of "For the Peo- ple," airing Tuesday, May 22, on ABC. Cover story CHANNEL GUIDE Time Warner... *ROGVERUR DISH Network Satellite DIRECTV (5) WRAL NBC Raleigh 5 5 5 (7) WITN NBC Washington 7 - - (9) WNCT CBS Greenville 9 - - (11) WTVD ABC Durham 11 11 11 (17)WNCN CBS Goldsboro 13 17 17 (22) WLFL CW Raleigh 12 22 22 (25) WUNK PBS Greenville 2 - - (28) WRDC MNT Raleigh 3 28 28 (30) WRAY IND Wilson 8 30 - (40) WUVC UNI Fayetteville 6 40 40 (47) WRPX ION 22 47 47 (50) WRAZ FOX Raleigh 4 50 50 (43) WHFL IND Goldsboro 21 - - A&E Arts & Entertainment 27 118 265 AMC American Movie Classics 38 130 254 ANPL Animal Planet 46 184 282 BET Black Entertainment TV 52 124 329 BRAVO BRAVO USA 72 129 237 CMT Country Music TV 69 166 327 CNBC CNBC USA 37 208 355 CNN Cable News Network 29 200 202 COM Comedy Central 36 107 249 DISC Discovery Channel 30 182 278 DISN Disney Channel 57 172 290 E! Entertainment Network 62 114 236 ESPN Entertainment & Sports 31 140 206 ESPN2 Entertainment & Sports 32 144 209 FREE FREEFORM 28 180 311 FIT Discovery Fit & Health 59 - 261 FOOD Food Network 60 110 231 FXN Fox News 58 205 360 FSN Fox Sports Carolinas 50 420 645 FX FX Network 71 136 248 GOLF Golf Channel 51 401 218 HALL Hallmark Channel 55 185 312 HGTV Home & Garden TV 68 112 229 HIST History Channel 56 120 269 LIFE Lifetime Network 33 108 252 LMN Lifetime Movie Network 47 109 253 MSNBC Microsoft/NBC News 45 209 356 MTV MTV USA 53 160 331 NBCSN NBC Sports Network 65 151 603 NGEO National Geographic 70 186 276 NICK Nickelodeon 43 170 299 OWN Oprah Whinfrey Network 35 189 279 SPIKE Spike TV 40 168 241 SYFY Science Fiction TV 49 122 244 TBS Turner Broadcast Network 34 139 247 TCM Turner Classic Movies 67 132 256 TLC The Learning Channel 39 183 280 TNT Turner Network TV 26 138 245 TOON Cartoon Network 64 176 296 TRUTV Tru TV 44 204 246 TVLAND Tv Land 54 106 304 USA USA Network 25 105 242 WE Women's Entertainment 61 128 260 WGN – A WGN America 23 239 307 Hope Davis as seen in "For the People"

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