Doctor Who To Become Funny Lawyer For NBC

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 9:03 am,

doctor who lawyer Doctor Who To Become Funny Lawyer For NBC

While fans around the world are waiting to see the final moments of David Tennant as Doctor Who, the Doctor himself has already moved on and is set to star in the pilot for the comedic legal drama Rex Is Not Your Lawyer for NBC.

Created by Andrew Leeds and David Lampson (Stephen’s Life – never heard of it either), the show centers around Rex Alexander (Tennant) who is Chicago’s top litigator, but after suffering from panic attacks, he’s forced to step down from litigating and takes up teaching clients how to represent themselves in court.

Tennant need not worry about having to carry the hour-long program on his own, as Jeffery Tambor (Arrested Development, The Larry Sanders Show) has been tapped to co-star as Rex’s psychiatrist who also suffers from the same anxiety disorder. Where’s the comedy part? Well, it seems that Tambor will also become romantically involved with Rex’s mother.

After hearing about David Tennant leaving Doctor Who to do other things, I understood where he’s coming from; He’s a good actor and doesn’t want to be stuck in one role for his entire career. Sadly, he chose this move as his followup, going from Doctor Who – a show that’s loved by millions around the world – to a pilot that doesn’t sound at all that interesting or entertaining. I can’t even imagine how a show like this is going to work. It sounds like a mash-up of every genre… How could it possibly go wrong?

I’m not trying to be a “Negative Nancy” about this, but with NBC’s recent history of programming decisions, I have little hope that this program will make it to air, let alone be of a quality that would justify Tennant leaving his previous position.

Rex Is Not Your Lawyer is currently just a pilot. If it gets picked up, expect to see it this fall on NBC.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Hmmm… talented British actor, relative unknown to mainstream America, switches genres and stars in a quirky show on network television.

    Nah… that would never work!

    Ummm… House, anyone?

    But seriously… the only thing I see trouble with is if NBC doesn’t scrap the Jay Leno Show and open up the week to more scripted shows. If they do… then I can see this show making it (with good writing and etc., of course). Otherwise, it just might get squeezed out I think.

    Also, I’d be curious to see if he can do a good American accent. We already know he can handle an RP accent, so hopefully his American is better than Philip Glenister’s. LOL.

  2. Rex who? (LOL)

  3. I’m a little disappointed by this move of David Tennant’s. I completely agree with the article… “Doctor Who” (of which I am a fan) is well scripted and acted.

    I think that if David Tennant had regular access to NBC, he might have joined a different network.

  4. Love David Tennant but that show sounds boring.

  5. If its well written,I will watch it.

  6. That’s the thing… if it’s well written I’ll watch it, but the people who created the show and are writing it are literally unknown.

    They have acting credits like “cop 4″ in NCIS or “agent z” in CSI and their only writing credit is film that I’ve never heard of.

  7. Wow. I thought the idea actually sounded cute and original. Now, I’m not sure they’ll be able to carry off the right tone for the show, but I’m willing to give it a tumble.

  8. I just hope Tennant never turns into a Hugh Grant clone.

    Oh the shame!

  9. Wow, you’re really old posting this. Sorry for sounding rude, but there were over five articles on this a week ago.

    I heard that they are thinking Tennant will be like Hugh Laurie from House. Did you know most people don’t even know Hugh Laurie isn’t american? Really, I was shocked.

  10. @Claire

    Wow, you’re really old at commenting on this. Sorry for sounding rude, but this article is over 6 hours old. 😉

    While news of Tennant of NBC is about a week old, Jeffery Tambor joining is only a couple of days old. So it’s a wash.

  11. Jeffery Tambor does add a swift kick as factor to this !!!

    I hope nbc gives it a shot! F,it
    If rather see him in Season 5 of Dr Who but those hopes are crushed!!!!

  12. I think there is a lot of potential for versatility in the character. Panic attacks? I can certainly see David carrying them off. Then he switches into a hyperactive mood to disguise the panic attack. (I have some experience with panic attacks). Yes, if I had to have anyone portraying anxiety disorders, I would trust that DT could do it well without going over the top (most panic attacks are private, so it’s not a flashy dramatic moment).
    I’m a bit concerned about the writing staff, with about three weeks of experience between them. That leaves a huge vacuum that could be filled by … Russell T Davies? Just imagine the show with DT and RTD back together again! Enough to fuel rumors for months!

    The show WILL work with DT and RTD. Does DT have enough clout to bring RTD into the mix? I sure hope so!

    I’m a little discouraged to see that IMDB says that it is filming but there are no other cast members listed. Not good. The pilot process is difficult. Without a strong hand at the helm they will just try a zillion different things, which, as you know from baking, is disasterous for a cake, and even worse for a TV show.

    It could go either way. I’ll be watching…

  13. I read the comments above–the nay sayers and doom predictors and then I think–it’s David Tennant–and I have no worries–He can do anything and I will watch this program. I can’t wait. :):)

  14. In a perfect world this would be a RTD series but since it won’t be I can only hope that the producers of the show will hire strong writers for the show.

    I’d be a lot happier if the series wasn’t on NBC but on USA network (owned by NBC Universal) where characters are welcome and they seem to cultivate their series more by repeating the new shows in rotation to gain audience exposure.

    IMHO network television is stuck in the 21st century and really should adopt a better way of promoting new shows.

    Oh yes I am a DT fan so I’ll watch the series. Even if its a failure I’ll get my DT fix.

  15. I agree, bring Russell T. Davies in the mix! That would be a total coup if it ever happens. I love David Tennant and I would watch the show, and hope for the best. He’s too good of an actor not to be seen by American audiences! His Hamlet is even more lauded upon that Jude Law’s while both were playing in the UK.

    I will miss him in “Doctor Who”. He will always be my Doctor. 😉

  16. Are there any updates on this?

  17. Are there any updates on this?

  18. I respect David for taking this chance and trying something new. I mean, maybe he’s thinking about his personal life and wanting to do what makes him happy and not do what is guaranteed to make more money. Plus, like you said, being stuck in the same role would be no good!