A Deadline Exclusive: Former CSI, Intelligence and Under the Dome star Marg Helgenberger is returning to CBS with a co-starring role in the network’s legal drama pilot Courthouse, from Warner Bros. TV.
Written by Greg Spottiswood and directed by Mike Robin, Courthouse is a show that pulls back the curtain on the court system. It follows the dedicated, chaotic, hopeful and sometimes absurd lives of the judges, assistant district attorneys and public defenders as they work with bailiffs, clerks, cops and jurors to bring justice to the people of Los Angeles.
Helgenberger will play Judge Judith who broke the glass ceiling by becoming one of the rare female judges in California. Originally a progressive voice from the bench, over time she has become an entrenched member of the judicial establishment. As Supervising Judge, Judith is a powerful and influential figure who oversees Lola’s transition to judge — and through that relationship, she will rediscover her passion for justice.
For the full scoop, visit Deadline.com.
Every year we like to team up with our fellow fans to do something special in honor of Marg’s birthday. In the past we have created videos, designed books filled with fan letters, created musical playlists inspired by her, and for the past couple of years, we have done a fundraiser for Stand Up To Cancer, a charity that Marg actively supports. The idea behind each of our activities has been to come together, share our love for Marg, and, most importantly, to thank her for being such an inspiration to us all.
While keeping with the same basic theme of showing Marg how much she inspires us, this year I decided to let those who wanted to participate choose their own way of showing how Marg inspires them. My only criteria was that they take that inspiration that they get from Marg and pay it forward — channel it into doing at least one deed or act of kindness, no matter how big or how small, that sends some good vibes out into the world to offset some of the negativity that seems to constantly surround us these days. I also wanted fans to choose something that was important to them and encouraged them to look around their own communities for ways they could help.
I got a late start on planning this year’s activity because of some family issues I was dealing with and was a little worried that no one would participate, but as always, Marg’s fans came through like the rock stars they all are. (You guys are the best!)
So, without further ado, I’d love to share the good deeds that Marg has inspired her fans to go out and do in honor of her birthday.
The Pay It Forward Project: “No Act of Kindness, No Matter How Small, is Ever Wasted.”
Jeyce P. from Brasil decided that she wanted to focus on doing what she could to support children who are fighting cancer in her country so she chose to make a donation to NACC (nucleo de apoio a criança com cancer). NACC offers support to needy children who are being treated for cancer and their families. Some of the services they offer include the following: transportation assistance, food support programs, dental care, physical therapy, psychosocial support, and more.
Kris S. from North Carolina chose to participate in the ADOPT-A-NATIVE ELDER program. This non-profit program provides food, simple medicines, clothing, fabric, yarns, and more to help traditional Elders who desire to remain on their Lands and in their traditional lifestyle. Most of these Elders, who range in age from 75-100, live in remote portions of the Navajo reservation, with many living in traditional Navajo housing with no running water and some have no electricity. As they get older, it becomes more difficult for the Elders to support themselves in the traditional way of life and this is where Adopt-A-Native tries to help.
We finally have some news on Marg’s latest film project ‘Almost Friends’ (formerly known as ‘Holding Patterns’). It is scheduled to be released on November 17, 2017, both theatrically and on VOD.
You can also watch a trailer for Almost Friends on Entertainment Tonight.
Also, here’s a brief synopsis of the film from Deadline:
Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor) leads the cast of Almost Friends, which will have a day-and-date release of Nov. 17 theatrically and on VOD. The other stars include Marg Helgenberger (CSI), Haley Joel Osment (Silicon Valley), Odeya Rush (Goosebumps), Jake Abel (Love & Mercy), Taylor John Smith (Wolves) and Christopher Meloni (Law and Order: SVU). The film follows a once promising young chef, Charlie who is now an unmotivated twenty-something living at home with his mom and stepfather while working at a small movie theatre and living vicariously through his best friend, Ben. His life takes an unpredictable turn however, when he finds himself falling for local barista Amber.
Marg arrived in New York this week to begin work on What We’re Up Against, a play written by Theresa Rebeck, which will have its Off Broadway premiere at the WP Theater at the end of this month. Joining Marg on this project are Skylar Astin, Jim Parrack, Krysta Rodriguez, and Damian Young. The cast met the press yesterday for a photocall to begin promoting the play.
For those unfamiliar with the play, here’s the synopsis from the WP Theater website:
“Why is it still like this?” Janice sighs to Eliza. It’s 1992, and Eliza is the brainy new recruit at a small-shop architecture firm. But she’s struggling to get a foothold on even the lowest rung of the company ladder, and starts making moves to blow the lid off their pandora’s box of office politics and social maneuvering, in this sharply hilarious black comedy. Rebeck brings her trademark blistering wit to the workplace in this darkly funny and all-too-relevant comedy of gender politics.
The play has also already received some high praise from various media outlets:
“A juicy black comedy!” – Variety
“A swift and merrily vicious kick in the pants!” – Washington Post
“Theresa Rebeck totally and completely nails it in her latest play! A biting, brilliant comedy!” – Houston Chronicle
What We’re Up Against will have a limited four-week run, from October 28 – November 26. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit wp.theater.org.
As most fans already know, Marg has been an advocate in the fight against cancer for many years, and in recent years, has been actively involved with the organization, Stand Up To Cancer. She visited Good Day LA this morning to talk about her mother’s fight against cancer and also and reminisced about her role on the “Ryan’s Hope.” It’s a great interview so be sure to check it out.