A series that was a fixture of prime-time television in the 1950s and 1960s is being brought back. Variety reports that HBO is reviving “Perry Mason,” although the new version promises to be different from the Raymond Burr classic that aired for nine seasons on CBS.
Not only will the legendary criminal defense lawyer be played by former “The Americans” star Matthew Rhys, but the new limited series will be set in 1932 Los Angeles. The show is based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner.
“When a child kidnapping case breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself,” Variety reports, adding: “Rhys’ Perry Mason is described as being at a time in his life when he is living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator. He is haunted by his wartime experiences in France and is suffering the effects of a broken marriage.”
The series hails from executive producers Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey via their Team Downey banner, with Team Downey’s Amanda Burrell also executive producing.
Here’s a glimpse of the original series, with its familiar opening theme …