Roger Guenveur Smith, Christian Keyes Join All Rise


Court is almost in session and with a few new faces.

Roger Guenveur Smith and Christian Keyes are joining the cast of All Rise for its third season, and first season on its new network, OWN. They join returning cast members Simone Missick, Wilson Bethel, Jessica Camacho, J. Alex Brinson, Ruthie Ann Miles, Lindsay Mendez, and Lindsey Gort. Samantha Marie Ware, Paul McCrane, Suzanne Cryer, and Marg Helgenberger will also return in a recurring capacity.

All Rise is a courthouse drama that follows the chaotic, hopeful, and sometimes absurd lives of its judges, prosecutors, and public defenders, as they work with bailiffs, clerks, police, and jurors to bring justice to the people of Los Angeles amidst a flawed legal system.

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Season three is all about new beginnings. It will pick up 6 months after the events of the Season 2 finale. It will begin with the night of the mid-term election as the highly-regarded Judge Lola Carmichael (Missick) awaits the results of her hotly contested seat, preparing to further push the boundaries of her courtroom in the name of justice.

Smith will portray Judge Marshall Thomas and Keyes will play Robin (previously played by Todd Wiliams), Lola Carmichael’s husband who has stepped away from the FBI to become a full-time dad.

Bethel returns as Deputy District Attorney Mark Callan, a long-time friend of Lola’s; Camacho will reprise her role as public defender Emily Lopez. J. Alex Brinson as bailiff-turned-lawyer Luke Watkins and Ruthie Ann Miles returns as Lola’s assistant Sherri Kansky. Lindsay Mendez will continue to portray former court reporter Sara Castillo; and Lindsey Gort as private defense attorney Amy Quinn.

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Recurring cast also includes Samantha Marie Ware as law clerk Vanessa “Ness” Johnson, Emmy winner Paul McCrane as Judge Laski, and Suzanne Cryer as Deputy District Attorney Maggie Palmer. Marg Helgenberger also returns in a recurring role as Supervising Judge Lisa Benner, who shakes up the courthouse with news of a new judge joining the ranks.

Production for the upcoming season has begun with the new season premiering in June

The first two seasons of All Rise ran on CBS before it was canceled last May due to the two low-rated seasons. OWN made a deal to revive it in September.

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