Here goes another "comedic drama" about lawyers living it up in the big city,this time starring Jerry O'Connell and Jim Belushi. The show is called The Defenders and it will air on CBS this fall. I'll give this show a chance, but I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up in the television graveyard along with The Deep End by the end of the year.
In case you didn't know, O'Connell just finished his first year at Southwestern Law School. Nando recently profiled the TTT, which costs $74,050 for the 2010-2011 school year. It makes sense for someone like O'Connell who is wealthy and has nothing else to do between television pilots to earn the bragging rights of having a useless law degree. He's just following in the footsteps of other celebrities such as James Franco who slept his way through Columbia University and Tiger Wood's estranged wife Elin Nordegren who is a student at Rollins College. Unlike normal people, none of these celebrities need their degree to survive, find another job, and pay their bills.
For those of us who don't make millions of dollars each year from acting or a philandering billionaire husband, wasting $74,000 each year on a useless degree at a place like Southwestern Law School will likely be a life destroying decision. Just like the character O'Connell will portray, having an exciting legal career as a defender, meeting beautiful women, and living in a fancy apartment with a TTT degree is a fantasy. Enjoy it as entertainment but don't believe this in any way reflects reality.