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Fox Drops Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Legal Series 'Guilty'

Television
by Sergio
January 12, 2013 5:48 PM
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Some bad news for Cuba Gooding Jr, now that it has been reported that Fox has officially dropped his potential legal series, Guilty, despite strong test scores that the show's pilot got.

As Tambay reported last summer (HERE) the series would have toplined Gooding as a "brilliant, morally questionable defense attorney who, after being falsely convicted of fraud and stripped of his legal license, uses his unorthodox methods to solve the cases he’s been prohibited from handling, and to ultimately exact revenge on the man who set him up."

Sharon Leal was also cast as Gooding's wife in the pilot,  but her option was not picked up, leaving some doubt that if the pilot did become a regular series, whether she would continue on the show, be replaced, or have her character eliminated completely.

Fox had kept the Warner Bros TV produced show in serious consideration since the summer and was reportedly planning a Fall 2013 premiere date.

But now the network has cancelled plans for a series altogether and, so far, no reason has been given as to why Fox had a sudden change of mind about the show.

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8 Comments

  • Beejay | January 14, 2013 5:58 PMReply

    If FOX won't give a brother a break, tell Cuba to see if Oprah might add it to her lineup. Her network just might pick it up. Fingers crossed for you Cuba! This is why there is a need for African American owned networks. We really only have OWN and possibly TVOne...BET is a front. Come on Tyler Perry, get your network up and running...we are missing out on some good shows. The establishment only wants to see us being comedians and there is nothing wrong with that but just give us some balance. The best drama I have ever seen with a strong black lead is a British psychological crime drama called, Luther starring Idris Elba as the title character Detective Chief Inspector John Luther . Check it out on Netflix...excellent show!

  • Winston | January 14, 2013 9:28 PM

    REALLY???!!!! How come I never heard of this 'Luther' before now?

  • sergio | January 14, 2013 8:47 PM

    "The best drama I have ever seen with a strong black lead is a British psychological crime drama called, Luther starring Idris Elba as the title character Detective Chief Inspector John Luther . Check it out on Netflix...excellent show!"

    REALLY? First time I've heard about it.

    Like as if we haven't covered that show like 5000 times already on S & A

  • mark | January 13, 2013 8:12 PMReply

    I would have loved to see that.. make it a movie Cuba, and call me.. just my type of acting.. and role.. I hate injustice

  • Cherish | January 13, 2013 11:54 AMReply

    Sure seems like Cuba can't catch a break in this industry...

  • Akimbo | January 14, 2013 8:06 PM

    Networks pass on good pilots every season. Sometimes it's for budgetary reasons, sometimes for scheduling, sometimes the people upstairs just don't like it, so on and so forth. Could be a million reasons that have nothing to do with Cuba; I mean, they did approve his casting in the first place (every series regular on a pilot has to be approved by both studio and the network).

  • sergio | January 13, 2013 8:35 PM

    No it was reported in several media outlets that the pilot tested extremely well, as I wrote, which makes Fox's decision mysterious

  • D.C. Kirkwood | January 13, 2013 8:09 PM

    It does seem like he pissed someone off along the way. The pilot has to go before a test audience and it probably didn't test well. Plus Cuba does a lot of TV movies and straight to DVD fillms so him not being in the mainstream means that they would probably have to do a lot of advertisement to get people to watch the show. JMO

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