THR: It started as a documentary. It was pitched as a reality series but became a scripted series about a couple of Las Vegas lawyers and their mostly nondescript clients.
Although titled "The Defenders," there is no mistaking this stubbornly and unaccountably bland legal show for the bold CBS series of the 1960s with the same name. That series, which starred E.G. Marshall and a pre-"Brady Bunch" Robert Reed, was sharp and provocative where this one feels shallow and forced.