BET’s New ‘In Contempt’ Legal Drama Dives Into Gritty Public Defender’s World
BET’s new series “In Contempt” is an hour-long procedural set in the fast-paced world of a legal aid office in New York City. Flipping the script on the typical legal drama, the show takes away the designer suits and rich defendants and features talented and passionate non-profit lawyers fighting for society’s most vulnerable citizens. “In Contempt” premieres April 10 at 10PM ET.
The series follows Gwen Sullivan, played by breakout star Erica Ash (“Survivor’s Remorse”). She’s an opinionated and outspoken attorney whose passion for her job and clients makes her arguably the most talented public defender in her district. Along with the complicated cases she tackles, Gwen must also manage the various personalities and challenges at the office…and at home.
Created by showrunner Terri Kopp, a former member of the Legal Aid Society in Manhattan, the cast also includes Charlie (Christian Keys), the undeserving but still newly appointed supervisor who also happens to be Gwen’s ex-boyfriend; snarky, seductive attorney Tracy (Megan Hutchings); the rookie without a clue Vanessa (Mouna Traoré); cocky and resilient prosecutor A.D.A E.J. DaShay (Ronnie Rowe Jr.); Gwen’s father and former elite attorney Earl Sullivan (Richard Lawson); Gwen’s former law professor and the “one that got away” Bennett (Tobias Truvillion); and more.