Goliath is guilty… of being renewed for a second season. Amazon on Wednesday announced that it has renewed the David E. Kelley-produced legal drama. Additionally, Peabody Award winner Clyde Phillips, who was previously at the helm of Dexter (Seasons 1-4) and Nurse Jackie (Seasons 5-7), has been tapped to serve as the day-to-day showrunner.
Goliath, which first premiered in October, won Billy Bob Thornton a Golden Globe for Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Though ratings for streaming services are famously never released, Amazon claims that Goliath was its top-binged first season ever for a U.S.-produced original over its first 10 days.
“Amazon is proud of Goliath and Billy Bob’s amazing, Golden Globe-winning performance,” Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy, Drama & VR at Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “Great shows like this help elevate the art of storytelling. We can’t wait to bring our customers a new season soon.”
S1 - Very good sort of stretched version of The Verdict. The creators have of course mentioned its influence (one reveal is obvious if you've seen the movie); not mentioned is how it pulls and waters the revalued faith in Lumet's movie to its whole titular metaphor. "We have no choice," Billy Bob says. William Hurt's villain is clearly semi-inspired by Dragon in The Eiger Sanction I'm surprised zero critics picked up on it. Maybe the sides are too easily defined: we root for Billy Bob and his ragtag underdogs while Hurt, Olivia Thirlby, Molly Parker are thoroughly loathsome (at least Parker is amusing). But.....there are two great perfs here, Nina Arianda who gives miraculous humorous life to every single moment and every single scene she's in, and Billy Bob especially in E3 where he's upset and moving in the opening scene, bothered and concealed and fed up later, slightly intimidating, smoothly intelligent.
S2 - Ridiculous and much less believable to a cartoonish degree, but no less fun. E7 was kinda amazing - reminded me a little of Black Friday by Goodis and a little of James Bond, it's a strangely funny, strangely violent bottle-episode, with John Savage and Paul Ben-Victor (who I've always confused with Victor Argo).
Giving up on S3 after two episodes - it looks/feels like such a different show. Why change the aspect ratio/coloring so much? And the drug element seems beyond moronic...