ABC premiere's 'For Life,' inspired by a true story

Monday, 10 February 2020 12:00 AM Written by 



With “Emergence” having completed its first season ABC replaces it this week with "For Life" (10 p.m. Tuesday), a legal show based on the real life of Isaac Wright Jr., who was wrongfully convicted and went on to study law in prison before his sentence was vacated.

In “For Life,” Aaron Wallace (Nicholas Pinnock) becomes a lawyer who aids other inmates in litigating their cases while he works to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit.

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“It's a serialized show with procedural elements inside it,” said executive producer Doug Robinson during January’s Television Critics Association winter 2020 press tour. “The case of the week in the pilot, it's really a three- or four‑beat legal story. It's not a lot of complicated moves, but what it is is incredibly emotional. And that is, I think, what is going to distinguish it from any other ‘legal procedural dramas.’ It's a quest. It's an odyssey, and he's really Odysseus trying to get back home, and that's why it needed to be a show and not a movie.”


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