In Contempt

In Contempt is a television show on BET created by Terri Kopp and starring Erica Ash. BET ordered 10 episodes straight-to-series. The series explores injustice in the American legal system.[4] The series premiered on April 10, 2018.[5] In September 2019, the series was canceled by BET after one season.[6]

In Contempt
Also known asSullivan's Travels
Genre
Created by
  • Terri Kopp
Written by
  • Terri Kopp
Directed by
Starring
Composers
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Mary Anne Waterhouse
  • Brian Campbell
  • Priscilla Galvez
  • Stephen Raglow
  • Jamey Sinanan
CinematographyKim Derko[3]
Running time42 minutes
Production companies
  • Blue Ice Pictures[2]
Release
Original networkBET
Original releaseApril 10 (2018-04-10) –
June 12, 2018 (2018-06-12)
External links
Website

PlotEdit

The procedurals is in the fast-paced world of a legal aid office in New York City and follows Gwen Sullivan (Erica Ash), an opinionated attorney whose passion for her job and clients make her arguably the most talented public defender in her district.

Cast and CharactersEdit

  • Erica Ash as Gwendolyn "Gwen" Sullivan, a public defender[2]
  • Richard Lawson as Earl Sullivan, Gwen's father, a retired judge[7]
  • Christian Keyes as Charles Theodore "Charlie" Riggs, an attorney with an ego who is Gwen's boss and friends with benefits[2]
  • Megan Hutchings as Tracy Campbell, a public defender and Gwen's roommate[2]
  • Mouna Traoré as Vanessa Winters, a rookie attorney learning what it means to be woke[2]
  • Tobias Truvillion as Bennett Thompson, Gwen's longtime secret crush and former law professor[2]
  • Daniel Kash as Tom Delgado, Gwen's boss [2]
  • Ronnie Rowe. Jr. as E.J Dashay, an Assistant District Attorney and Gwen's professional nemesis[2]

RecurringEdit

EpisodesEdit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Welcome to Hell"Farhad MannTerri KoppApril 10, 2018 (2018-04-10)0.540[8]
A female defense attorney defends a client accused of attempted rape after the attorney was handcuffed in court for brawling. One of the group's male attorneys supervises a rookie female associate. A court judge, the married lover of a female defense attorney, denies bail to her client. This causes frustration to grow for her.
2"Combat by Agreement"Farhad MannLaurence AndriesApril 17, 2018 (2018-04-17)0.468[9]
After a fatal gang bus shooting, Gwen must defend a 14 year old, while also reconnecting with her former law professor and secret crush, Bennett. Vanessa, under Charlie's wing, goes through public defender boot camp.
3"Confessions"Sudz SutherlandTerri Kopp & Evangeline Ordaz & Deb SwisherApril 24, 2018 (2018-04-24)0.466[10]
Gwen and Tracy defend a client who confessed to murdering his mother. Bennett and Gwen have a romantic dinner until a surprise guest arrives.
4"The Rules of Engagement"Sudz SutherlandDavid FeigeMay 1, 2018 (2018-05-01)0.397[11]
In the aftermath of finding out that Bennett is engaged, Gwen defends a Frotteurist. Charlie wins an unwinnable stash and cash drug case but gets arrested.
5"Necessary Force"Jill CarterMaisha ClossonMay 8, 2018 (2018-05-08)0.488[12]
Gwen and Tracy struggle to deal with events from their past when they defend a mother accused of child abuse. Charlie deals with the aftermath of his unfair arrest.
6"Banned"Jill CarterEvangeline OrdazMay 15, 2018 (2018-05-15)0.360[13]
Gwen uses an extra-judicial strategy to outwit an overzealous judge. Bennett invites Gwen to his wedding shower, where she discovers Bennett's true feelings about her.
7"Stop and Frisk"Farhad MannDeb SwisherMay 22, 2018 (2018-05-22)0.468[14]
Still fiery from his own run-in with racial profiling, Charlie and Vanessa try a stop and frisk case. Bennett takes Gwen on a get away to determine the next steps in their relationship.
8"Burned Out"Farhad MannTerri Kopp & Aaron CarewMay 29, 2018 (2018-05-29)0.472[15]
Gwen's commitment is put to the test when she defends a man accused of setting his girlfriend on fire. Meanwhile, Bennett learns to cope with Gwen's work-first mentality when she moves into his condo.
9"BLM, Part One"Sudz SutherlandLaurence AndriesJune 5, 2018 (2018-06-05)0.501[16]
In a case that closely mirrors Eric Garner's, Gwen, Charlie and Tracy defend a young Black man who, in the course of being arrested, inadvertently kills a cop.
10"BLM, Part Two"Sudz SutherlandTerri KoppJune 12, 2018 (2018-06-12)0.539[17]
Gwen's defense of a young Black man who killed a police officer in self-defense continues, and she is forced to come up with an unorthodox theory in order to win.

ProductionEdit

In Contempt is being written by Terri Kopp[18] and produced in Canada.[2] On September 25, 2019, BET officially canceled the series after one season.

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Bio". Kim Derko. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  4. ^ Young, Danielle (April 10, 2018). "BET's In Contempt Confronts America's Unjust Legal System While Giving Us a Black Leading Lady". The Root. Archived from the original on April 11, 2018.
  5. ^ David, Joshua (April 10, 2018). "Erica Ash Talks 'In Contempt' & Educating Our Community about the Judicial System". Ebony.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (September 25, 2019). "'In Contempt' Canceled by BET After One Season". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
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