Outlaw: New Side Of Jimmy Smits

In tonight's sneak peek premiere of Jimmy Smits' Outlaw, a case inspires conservative Supreme Court Justice Garza to shed his cape and step down from the bench to get back into the ring. Armed with insider knowledge, Smits, the gambling womanizer, vows to take on the nation's biggest and most controversial legal cases and make a difference.

Jimmy Smits in Outlaw

Fans who think they know what to expect from a Jimmy Smits vehicle may want to tune into tonight's sneak peek of Outlaw on NBC. Judge Cyrus Garza has Smits' swagger and good looks, but this is a whole new game for the veteran actor and one of our picks for fall's top shows.

"It's a wonderful meal for an actor to play and it's something different than what I've done before," star and co-executive producer Smits said. "I'm going to be able, as an actor, to tackle stuff that's very substantive and play a character that's much more loose and comfortable than I've had a chance to play. It's a challenge for me and I can't wait."

His character, Cyrus Garza, climbed to the highest court in our nation and landed a coveted lifetime appointment. He's earned a rep as a guy who believes in the letter of the law, but the case before him in the premiere will shake his beliefs to the core.

Forced to admit the system is flawed, the playboy gambler decides to step down to fight it. It turns out, his father was a liberal hell-raiser and Garza has a bit of that in him too.

"Because of what happens to him in the pilot, this jurist has made such a radical switch and then surrounds himself with a team of people that have different types of political viewpoints," Smits previewed. "We're at a point [in America] where we're logger-jammed in terms of the political right and left, and this was an opportunity to deal with legal matters and hot-button issues that are substantive in terms of a legal show but, at the same time, have a character that is outside the box in a lot of different ways."

Garza's new killer team includes his childhood pal turned liberal defense attorney Al Druzinsky (David Ramsey); hopelessly romantic law clerk Mereta Stockman (Ellen Woglom); uptight, ambitious Yaley law clerk Eddie Franks (Jesse Bradford) and sexy, unorthodox private investigator Lucinda Pearl (Carly Pope).

Tonight's sneak premiere airs at 10 p.m. In spite of less than stellar reviews, NBC hopes Smits' appeal will still draw viewers away from Top Chef and LA Ink. At least it's not going up against the Survivor premiere!

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Phil Joy January 07, 2011 | 6:28 PM

When a fine TV serial like Outlaw gets axed, we immediately know that something is seriously wrong with American people and the kind of choices they are exercising. No doubt, it is truly the age of the stupid. And by the way, Jimmy Smits is a phenomenal actor and we love him.

Carolyn Chapman September 20, 2010 | 6:38 PM

You guys don't like Smits or Outlaw?? Now I know why trash like dancing with the stars etc.. is/are so popular. It's a damn good show if you like damn good shows.

Bitty September 18, 2010 | 4:20 PM

Outlaw is one of your picks for the fall's top shows?! I hope you're not putting actual money on that bet, because the show is an absolute bomb! It's far more likely to be the show that gets cancelled after the first episode. The thought that Smits actually co-produced this garbage is nauseating to me because that means a) his politics are to the left of Stalin and b) he thinks he's still a stud at his advanced age and weight. *vomits*

jane blackmore September 15, 2010 | 8:26 PM

predictable hollywood sob story - conservative suddenly sees the light and becomes liberal saving the "downtrodden". give us a break! it's bad enough we have nothing but politics on the news these days, we don't need obvious preaching masking as entertainment - which it wasn't. The only entertaining thing was watching a pudgy arogant and self absorbed actor act like himself. I do hope that Blue Bloods is even passable as an alternative or it's back to reruns on cable channels. Network TV needs to take a lesson from the cable channels and have good solid entertaining shows. It's too bad the summer season is over.

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