To all the fans of Ben Matlock, you are in for a nostalgic treat this fall! Meet Madeline Matlock in a new and reinvented version of the popular 80s TV character. CBS’s Matlock (2023) is a fresh reboot of the eponymous legal mystery drama that was a huge success in the late 80s and early 90s, led by Andy Griffith as the titular protagonist. And now, Academy Award-winner Kathy Bates slips into those proverbial shoes, reviving the fan-favorite character for the new generation. Announced as a part of CBS’s 2023-24 broadcast season, Matlock will be another new female-led legal drama series following Elsbeth, also slated for late 2023. The plot follows the titular attorney, who comes out of retirement and returns to work, charming her through her new job in a prestigious millennial-driven law firm, with her unassuming appearance hiding her brilliant skills.
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In a fresh twist to the timeless classic, the upcoming series shifts its lens from murder mysteries to delve into the intricate world of corporate crime. The cunning Matlock, portrayed by Bates, is all set to unravel dark secrets with her subtle strategies. While Bates offers a different shade compared to Griffith’s iconic folksy attorney, she undoubtedly draws from the original essence, elevating the character to new heights. Bates’s exemplary portrayal promises to redefine Matlock for this generation. For aficionados of legal drama sprinkled with wit, both Elsbeth and Matlock are unmissable. Stay tuned to CBS for its much-anticipated release later this year. Meanwhile, keep scrolling to uncover more about the series – from its gripping plot and cast details to the latest trailers and all insights on Matlock.
In Upcoming CBS Lineup: When Can We Expect the Matlock Reboot?
As anticipation builds, CBS has yet to unveil the official premiere date for the much-awaited reboot of ‘Matlock’. However, sources confirm that the classic drama is slated for a Fall release and will grace our screens on Sundays at 8 PM ET. For those opting for streaming, the series will be accessible via Paramount+, aligning with CBS’s typical streaming strategy. Additionally, this Fall season will introduce audiences to other promising titles, including ‘Elsbeth’ – an offshoot of ‘The Good Wife’, and ‘Poppa’s House’, a collaborative venture between Damon Wayans Sr. and Damon Wayans Jr. Stay tuned as we bring you the latest on Matlock’s debut date.
CBS Unveils Teaser for “Matlock” Reboot: What to Expect
CBS recently unveiled a teaser trailer for its highly anticipated reboot of “Matlock” in May 2023. Although the official episode count remains under wraps, each installment is slated to span approximately 60 minutes.
The freshly released teaser isn’t a full-fledged trailer but does offer fans a glimpse into what’s in store. As soon as Madeline Matlock graces the screen, she effortlessly captures hearts navigating her first day at an upscale law firm. Setting herself distinctly apart from her younger counterparts, the septuagenarian lawyer, emerging from retirement, isn’t just another attorney in the bunch. She harnesses her age as a unique strength, proclaiming that “being old and invisible” empowers her to deftly navigate situations unnoticed, all the while ensuring justice is served. The teaser provides a tantalizing peek at Madeline’s maiden case, showcasing her cunning maneuvers and unparalleled stealth.
Moreover, the reboot cleverly alludes to its origin. When Madeline references “the old TV show”, it’s a wink at the connection to the iconic Ben Matlock. Yet, the show manages to distinguish the two characters and their universes. Where Ben is the stern, folksy Southerner with a penchant for meddling and a firm stand on his hefty fee, Madeline emerges as a delightful, humorous figure. Seamlessly fitting into the modern urban backdrop, she, unlike Ben, knows just how to ensure those around her come to cherish her presence.
Upcoming “Matlock” Reboot Unveils Star-Studded Cast
The anticipated reboot of the legal drama, “Matlock”, is set to take our screens by storm with Kathy Bates in the lead role as Madeline Matlock. This renowned attorney character is making a compelling return from retirement. Bates, a recipient of both Academy and Golden Globe Awards, is no stranger to the limelight. With her extensive repertoire, spanning from the chilling portrayal in “Misery” to roles in the “American Horror Story” series and iconic films like “Titanic” and “Primary Colors”, Bates has graced more than 200 performances both in front of and behind the camera. This reboot follows closely behind her other three 2023 appearances in “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret”, “A Family Affair”, and “The Miracle Club”.
But the glitz doesn’t stop with Bates. The revamped “Matlock” cast shines further with Skye P. Marshall, known for “Black Lightning”, playing Olympia, the authoritative boss of Matlock at their legal establishment. Adding to the ensemble is Jason Ritter, from “Raising Dion”, in the role of Julian, a colleague at Matlock’s firm. Additionally, David Del Rio, remembered for his role in “Maggie”, is cast as Billy, with Leah Lewis, from “Nancy Drew”, completing the core team as Sarah. Stay tuned as this starry cast promises to deliver gripping courtroom drama!
CBS Announces Powerhouse Team Behind Matlock Revival
CBS is set to breathe new life into the beloved 80s TV classic, “Matlock”. At the helm of this anticipated reboot is the celebrated director Kat Coiro, famed for her directorial role in the Jennifer Lopez starrer, “Marry Me”. Coiro’s impressive portfolio also includes her work on “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law”, the pilots for “Girls5Eva” and “Florida Girls”, and contributions to popular series like “Dead to Me”, “Modern Family”, and “Shameless”.
Joining Coiro in crafting the narrative is writer-producer Jennie Snyder Urman, the brilliant mind behind hits such as “Jane the Virgin” and “Charmed”, not to mention her writing contributions to fan-favorites like “Something Borrowed” and “Gilmore Girls”.
Both Coiro and Snyder Urman will be pulling double duty as executive producers, joined by industry veterans Kathy Bates and Joanna Klein. And adding to this production dream team, “NCIS: Los Angeles” star Eric Christian Olsen and John Will from “Woke” will executive produce under the Cloud Nine banner. The stage is set for a grand return of “Matlock”, and fans everywhere are brimming with excitement.
What is the backstory behind the Matlock reboot?
CBS’s “Matlock” is a reboot of the beloved classic mystery legal drama series of the same name. The original show starred Andy Griffith as the titular attorney, Ben Matlock. It debuted on NBC in 1988 and ran for nine seasons, with the final three seasons airing on ABC before concluding in 1995. “Matlock” was a tremendous success and a late-career triumph for Griffith, who captured audiences with his portrayal of the old-fashioned yet amicable southern lawyer. He astutely identified culprits and fearlessly confronted them in riveting courtroom scenes. In 1987, the series spawned its first spin-off, “Jake and the Fatman,” starring William Conrad and Joe Penny, followed by another spin-off called “Diagnosis Murder,” featuring Dick Van Dyke. Fast forward 28 years to January 2023, when CBS announced the first reboot of the original hit series. This time, the show takes a female-led approach, with Kathy Bates gracefully stepping into the role of an aging attorney who comes out of retirement. While the new character, Madeline, has no direct link to the 80s TV version, she draws inspiration from it and subtly references the original in her own unique way.