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‘Jury Duty’: docu-comedy starring James Marsden coming to Freevee

Amazon Freevee will release new docu-style comedy series ‘Jury Duty’ on 7th April 2023.

Produced by Amazon studios, the series chronicles the inner workings of an American jury trial through the eyes of one particular juror, Ronald Gladden. What Gladden doesn’t know is that the entire case is fake, everyone except him is an actor, including James Marsden, and everything that happens – inside the courtroom and out – is carefully planned.

‘Jury Duty’ will premiere with two episodes with new episodes following every Friday until the finale on 21st April.

Jury Duty
Credit: Amazon Studios / Freevee

The series is executive produced by David Bernad (‘The White Lotus’, ‘Bad Trip’), Lee Eisenberg (‘WeCrashed’, ‘The Office’), Ruben Fleischer (‘Superstore’), Nicholas Hatton (‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’, ‘Who Is America?’), Cody Heller (‘Dummy’), Todd Schulman (‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’, ‘Brüno’, ‘Who Is America?’), Gene Stupnitsky (‘Hello Ladies’, ‘The Office’), Jake Szymanski (‘The Package’), and Andrew Weinberg (‘Great Minds with Dan Harmon’).

Eisenberg and Stupnitsky co-created the series, Heller serves as showrunner, and Szymanski directs. 

“‘Jury Duty’ originated with a question: Was it possible to make a sitcom like ‘The Office’ about a trial, populate it with brilliant comedic performers, and put a real person at the center of the show who doesn’t realize he’s surrounded by actors?” said executive producer Todd Schulman. “We honestly had no idea but when we pitched it to Freevee we pretended like it was a sure thing. Thank God, we pulled it off.”

“There are no guarantees but there’s ambition, creativity, pure comedy, and the desire to do something different but with great care. That’s what drew us to this wildly inventive idea from this incredible group of producers,” said Lauren Anderson, head of AVOD Original Content and Unscripted Programming, Amazon Studios. “How does one respond when the most outlandish moments happen in something as seemingly mundane as jury duty? We hope audiences are pleasantly surprised by what they see and delighted by what the show says about humanity.”

“What interested me was the challenge of creating a hero’s journey for someone who has no idea the world around him was completely manufactured,” said James Marsden, “and whether or not this high wire act could lead him to unite this family of wonderful weirdos and in the process become an inspiring leader for us all under the process of serving ‘Jury Duty’.”

Gladden, a solar contractor from San Diego, CA, is the hero of our story, and completely unaware this is not an official jury duty summons. Marsden stars as an alternate version of himself alongside an ensemble cast of comedic actors: Alan Barinholtz, Susan Berger (‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’), Cassandra Blair (‘Hacks’), David Brown, Kirk Fox (‘Reservation Dogs’), Ross Kimball, Pramode Kumar, Trisha LaFache, Mekki Leeper (‘The Sex Lives of College Girls’), Brandon Loeser, Edy Modica (‘Made for Love’), Rashida “Sheedz” Olayiwola (‘South Side’), Kerry O’Neill (‘Murderville)’, Whitney Rice, Maria Russell, Ishmel Sahid, Ben Seaward, Ron Song, and Evan Williams. 

Pip Ellwood-Hughes
Pip Ellwood-Hughes
Pip is the Editor of Entertainment Focus and the Managing Director of agency Piñata Media.

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