Queens Supreme is an American courtroom dramedy television series created by Dan and Peter Thomas, which aired on CBS from January 10 to May 16, 2003. The series had a strong cast and considerable financial backing, especially from Julia Roberts's Shoelace Productions, Spelling Television and Revolution Studios, however poor ratings forced its cancellation after three episodes.
|Created by||Kevin Fox|
|Written by||Keith Samples|
James D. Solomon
|Directed by||Keith Samples|
L. Scott Caldwell
|Composers||Douglas J. Cuomo|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (10 unaired)|
|Executive producers||Julia Roberts|
E. Duke Vincent
Daniel and Peter Thomas
|Production locations||Flushing, Queens,|
Long Island City, Queens,
Tony C. Jannelli
|Editors||James Y. Kwei|
|Camera setup||Chaim Kantor|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production companies||Shoelace Productions|
Red Om Films
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original release||January 10 –|
January 24, 2003
The series starred Oliver Platt as New York judge Jack Moran who, with his equally eccentric and colorful colleagues, preside over court cases as the real-life Queens Supreme Court in Long Island City, Queens.
- Jack Moran (Oliver Platt) – a brilliant, cynical judge whose integrity and wisdom are often overshadowed by his non-conformist and occasionally bizarre courtroom behavior.
- Judge Thomas O'Neill (Robert Loggia) – the highest-ranking judge at the courthouse, O'Neill serves as the voice of reason and often falls upon him to keep the peace among his colleagues.
- Kim Vicidomini (Annabella Sciorra) – newly appointed to the courthouse, she is a young and ambitious judge who is both highly skilled and has political connections.
- Rose Barnea (L. Scott Caldwell) – another senior judge, Barnea is hardworking and often brutally frank. She is particularly critical of Kim Vicidomini soon after her arrival.
- Carmen Hui (Marcy Harriell) and Mike Powell (James Madio) – two helpful law clerks who assist the judges.
The idea for the series came about when two New York attorneys, twin brothers Dan and Peter Thomas, were discussing courtroom stories based on their shared experiences in Queens while on a plane flight to California in 2001. One of the passengers, a Hollywood producer, was sitting next to them and mentioned that they could be the basis for a television series. Indeed, the producer brought the idea to screenwriter Kevin Fox who later successfully pitched it to CBS. Fox was initially hesitant in becoming involved, feeling there were too many courtroom dramas already, but agreed after spending time at the New York Supreme Court himself.
The project was helped along by Dan's wife Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, head of Red Om Films (a subsidiary of Julia Roberts' production company Shoelace Productions) and a partner in Joe Roth's Revolution Studios, who was then looking for film and television products to develop. Her involvement was partially responsible in bringing such a high-profile cast and crew to the series.
The television pilot was filmed at both the Long Island City and New York State Supreme Courthouses by actor Tim Robbins in mid-August 2002 and 12 episodes were eventually ordered by the network. A midseason replacement for Robbery Homicide Division, Queens Supreme premiered on January 10, 2003, alongside Presidio Med in the prime-time Friday night timeslot.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||"One Angry Man"||David Platt||Stephen Godchaux||January 10, 2003||108|
|2||"Pilot"||Tim Robbins||Kevin Fox||January 17, 2003||100|
|3||"Flawed Heroes"||Matthew Penn||Linda McGibney||January 24, 2003||109|
|4||"Supreme Heat"||John Patterson||James Solomon||Unaired||101|
|5||"Mad About You"||TBA||Christopher Ambrose||Unaired||104|
|6||"Permanent Markers"||TBA||Mona Mansour||Unaired||105|
|7||"Let's Make a Deal"||TBA||Stephen Godchaux & Christopher Ambrose||Unaired||106|
|8||"Things Change"||TBA||Marjorie David||Unaired||TBA|
|9||"Case by Case"||TBA||Kevin Fox & Stephen Godchaux||Unaired||108|
|10||"The House Next Door"||TBA||Stephen Godchaux||Unaired||107|
|11||"Words That Wound"||TBA||Kevin Fox||Unaired||110|
|12||"That Voodoo That You Do"||TBA||Marjorie David||Unaired||111|
|13||"The Eyes Have It"||Keith Samples||Keith Samples||Unaired||112|
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