The Whole Truth employs a unique alternating narrative structure that chronicles the way a case is built from the perspectives of both the defense and the prosecution. Portraying each side equally keeps the audience guessing – shifting allegiances and opinions on guilt or innocence until the final scene.
Kathryn Peale, the product of a New England background and a sheriff father, is a Deputy Bureau Chief in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Jimmy Brogan, born and raised in Hell’s Kitchen and a friend of Kathryn’s since their days at Yale Law School, is one of New York’s rising criminal defense attorney stars. With the support of their respective teams, these two evenly matched legal aces will square off each week. The pilot episode centers on a high school history teacher and family man who’s arrested for the rape and murder of a female student.
Aiding Kathryn in the prosecution is the DA’s Bureau Chief Terrence “Edge” Edgecomb (Eamonn Walker) and Chad Griffin (Sean Wing), a very junior ADA and a total player. Over at Jimmy’s firm, his defense team includes Alejo Salazar (Anthony Ruivivar), Jimmy’s faithful and extremely competent second, and Lena Boudreaux (Christine Adams), a recent hire angling to be Jimmy’s second on the murder case.
Creating two different stories from the same set of facts, this up-close, behind-the-scenes look at the legal process mirrors the excitement of a great championship match. Ultimately, it becomes evident that innocence and guilt have nothing to do with the truth – the only thing that matters at the end of every trial is what the jury believes.
Produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Warner Bros. Television, The Whole Truth is executive-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI, Close To Home), Jonathan Littman (the “CSI” series) and Ed Zuckerman (Law & Order). Tom Donaghy (Without a Trace) and KristieAnne Reed (Dark Blue) are co-executive producers. Donaghy wrote the pilot, which was directed by Alex Graves (Fringe), who also executive-produced it. Also working on the series will be legal consultant Elizabeth Rosen-Mayer, a former Manhattan defense attorney and law professor, and staff writer Kevin Hynes, a former Manhattan Assistant District Attorney and criminal defense attorney.