HBO Defends "Perry Mason"

HBO has greenlit a limited TV series based on author Erle Stanley Gardner's criminal defense lawyer "Perry Mason", set in 1932 Los Angeles, starring Matthew Rhys ("The Americans"), directed by Tim Van Patten ("The Sopranos"), executive produced by Susan and Robert Downey Jr. "exploring the character's formative years":

"...'Perry Mason' is set in 1932 Los Angeles. While the rest of the country recovers from the 'Great Depression', this city is booming! Oil! 'Olympic Games'! Talking Pictures! Evangelical Fervor! And a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong..."

"Perry Mason is living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator, haunted by his wartime experiences in France and a broken marriage..."

As a defense attorney, 'Perry Mason' was featured in more than 80 'detective fiction' novels and short stories, most of which had a plot involving his client's murder trial. Typically, Mason was able to establish his client's innocence by implicating another character, who then confessed.

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