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David E. Kelley on new Amazon drama 'Goliath': 'It's a whole new and unknown journey for me'

By Wade Sheridan
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David E. Kelly with his wife Michelle Pfeiffer at the premiere of "New Year's Eve" on December 5, 2011. Kelly's new legal drama, "Goliath," which he calls "A whole new and unknown journey for me," is set to premiere on Amazon Friday. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/1ad1331968f62b76d0f3c82ce1d02b9a/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
David E. Kelly with his wife Michelle Pfeiffer at the premiere of "New Year's Eve" on December 5, 2011. Kelly's new legal drama, "Goliath," which he calls "A whole new and unknown journey for me," is set to premiere on Amazon Friday. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Television writer and producer David E. Kelly is excited to return to the world of legal dramas with his new upcoming Amazon series, Goliath.

"I know there aren't long lines on the street corners with people saying, "Give us another law franchise, will you?'" Kelly joked in a new interview with The Los Angeles Times about his new show that stars Billy Bob Thornton.

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"But I started thinking about what kind of stories I want to tell, what kind of characters I wanted to mine — they invariably led back to law," the creator of past hit legal dramas such as L.A. Law, The Practice, Ally McBeal and Boston Legal continued.

Goliath which premieres Friday, follows lawyer Billy McBride (Thornton) as he pursues a wrongful death lawsuit and take down a powerful law firm he helped build.

"When he reluctantly agrees to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, Billy McBride and his ragtag team uncover a vast and deadly conspiracy, pitting them all in a life or death trial against the ultimate Goliath," reads the show's offcial synopsis.

A trailer released in September features Thornton battling against the law firm as they try to take him off the case using abusive police officers and money bribes.

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"It's a whole new and unknown journey for me," Kelly states of moving onto a streaming platform like Amazon where he can one court case carry out over the course of a season.

"On broadcast TV, there's only so much unearthing you could do," he continued. "You opened a case at two minutes past the hour and, then, 30 minutes later your people are literally in closing arguments. So the idea that we could take one trial and sort of be more myopic over eight episodes, that was something that I found appetizing."

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