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รายละเอียด: Murder One was a television series first aired on the ABC network in the United States in 1995. In the United Kingdom it appeared on Sky One during the first half of 1996. Each episode was rerun on BBC Two about seven weeks later.
In its first season, the series starred Daniel Benzali as defense attorney Theodore (Ted) Hoffman as a criminal litigator and the head of his own firm, Hoffman and Associates. Backed by a cadre of young associates, Hoffman was a masterful, though gruff, criminal lawyer who zealously represented his clients in high profile cases. Patricia Clarkson played his long-suffering wife, Annie. Always waiting in the wings to play the villain was Stanley Tucci, who played the part of Richard Cross. In the program's second season, Benzali was replaced by Anthony LaPaglia, who played Jimmy Wyler, a disgruntled assistant district attorney who left his government job to begin his own practice. Fortuitously, he steps in to head Hoffman's old firm just as it is beginning to suffer from his absence.
Somewhat unusual for a lawyer related television drama, the first season of the series revolved around a single high profile criminal case, with each episode following the latest drama in that particular trial. For the duration of season one, Hoffman defended Neil Avedon, a young Hollywood star accused of the murder of a fifteen year old girl. Hoffman's lawyers also handled smaller cases which were usually wrapped up in an episode or two. While there were many plot twists and misdirections, fundamentally the entire season consisted of one defense case for Hoffman & Associates. The second season also featured this type of seriality, although less so. Wilder took on high profile cases, as well, including the defense of a political assassin, a professional basketball player, and a serial killer, although each of these cases were handled over the course of a number of episodes, rather than the entire season.
Problematic may have been the serial nature of the drama, which left viewers who either missed episodes or did not see the series from its premiere at a loss. Following somewhat disappointing ratings, ABC and Bochco revamped the show significantly for the 1996-97 season. Gone were Benzali and his character (it was rumoured that Benzali was unhappy with the first season and left the program, though it has also been reported he was fired) as well as many of the show's former regulars including Clarkson ("Annie Hoffman"), Gedrick ("Neil Avedon"), Tucci ("Richard Cross") and Baker ("Arthur Polson"). (Some of the departures were expected as there was no possibility of including many of the case-specific characters in ongoing parts).
The producers brought in LaPaglia as the new owner of the firm, Hoffman having retired in an attempt to save his marriage. The second season of the show was far less successful than the first. The original concept of the series as surrounding a "James Bond"-like defense attorney could not be salvaged with a replacement lead - not least of which because LaPaglia's character spent most episodes trying to borrow money to keep the firm afloat. Other cast members brought in for the second season included D.B. Woodside and Jack Kehler. However, the cast changes along with the change in theme of the show buried the series before the year was out. ABC did broadcast all the episodes filmed, and the plot was prematurely wrapped up in the final episode. The series was dropped at the end of the '96-'97 season.
There was some discussion that Benzali might agree to return to the role of Ted Hoffman in a series of TV movies or short miniseries to develop the program more. Ultimately, he did not return, much to the chagrin of the show's loyal fans.
Over its two year run, ABC aired 41 original episodes of this series. The first season of Murder One has aired several times on cable networks such as A&E and Court TV in the United States. (Court TV was pastiched in the series by the fictional "Law TV".) Both seasons have been released on DVD in the US and UK, with different packaging in each country.