The Whole Truth (TV series)

The Whole Truth is an American legal drama series that ran on ABC from September 22, 2010, to December 1, 2010.[3] Episodes aired on Wednesdays at 10:00 pm ET/9:00 pm CT.[4] The show, which starred Rob Morrow and Maura Tierney, chronicled legal cases from the points of view of both the prosecution and the defense;[5] it was set in New York City and shot in Los Angeles.[2]

The Whole Truth
Created byTom Donaghy
StarringRob Morrow
Maura Tierney
Eamonn Walker
Sean Wing
Anthony Ruivivar
Christine Adams
Composer(s)Sean Callery
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 [1] (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Jerry Bruckheimer
Jonathan Littman
Production location(s)Los Angeles[2]
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)Jerry Bruckheimer Television
Warner Bros. Television[2]
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 22 
December 1, 2010 (2010-12-01)

ABC canceled The Whole Truth, in October after four episodes had aired. Initially it planned to air the remaining episodes.[6] Two months later, the network pulled the show from its schedule with seven episodes unaired.[1] The unaired episodes later aired on the Nine Network in Australia[7] and in the Netherlands on NET 5[8] in 2012.

Cast and characters

Main cast

Guest cast


When ABC announced its 2010 fall schedule in May 2010, The Whole Truth was set to star Morrow and Joely Richardson in the two lead roles. Richardson filmed the original pilot[10] After the show was picked up, Richardson dropped out for personal reasons and was replaced by Maura Tierney, who went on to re-film all the Katie Peale scenes from the pilot.[11] Tierney took on the role in addition to her recurring role on Rescue Me.[5]

On-location production began in August: the show, set in New York City, was shot in Los Angeles, with Los Angeles City Hall, for example, standing in for the New York City Criminal Court.[2]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
1"Pilot"Alex GravesTom DonaghySeptember 22, 2010 (2010-09-22) (US)
January 21, 2012 (2012-01-21) (Netherlands)
Attorneys Jimmy Brogan and Kathryn Peale argue of the case of a teacher having an affair with one of his students and then murdering her.
2"Thicker Than Water"Christine MooreTom DonaghySeptember 29, 2010 (2010-09-29) (US)
January 28, 2012 (2012-01-28) (Netherlands)
Jimmy and Kathryn face off in the case of a woman suspected of rolling her wheelchair-using father off the Staten Island Ferry.
3"Judicial Discretion"Rob BaileyKevin J. Hynes & Hannah ShakespeareOctober 6, 2010 (2010-10-06) (US)
February 4, 2012 (2012-02-04) (Netherlands)
When a beloved judge (Judd Hirsch) is charged with murder he asks Jimmy to represent him. When a wiretap on a drug lord, which was approved by the judge, reveals a larger conspiracy Kathryn considers filing charges in federal court for murder for hire.
4"True Confessions"Eagle EgilssonIan Biederman & Jordana Lewis JaffeOctober 20, 2010 (2010-10-20) (US)
February 11, 2012 (2012-02-11) (Netherlands)
An Upper West Side couple is found lying in a pool of blood in their home. Their 16-year-old son is accused of their murder. After an 11-hour interrogation the boy confesses. When Jimmy discovers a gap in the video recording of the interrogation he attempts to get the confession thrown out.
5"When Cougars Attack"Ken FinkStory by: Ian Biederman
Teleplay by: Jonathan Kidd & Sonya Winton
October 27, 2010 (2010-10-27) (US)
February 18, 2012 (2012-02-18) (Netherlands)
Jimmy and Edge again face off when a 45-year-old fashion designer (Annabella Sciorra) is accused of murdering another of her younger boyfriends. Jimmy got her acquitted of the previous murder charge three years before. Kathryn and Lena pose for a "sexy lawyer" magazine spread.
6"Liars"Jeffrey HuntJeffrey Lieber & Jordana Lewis JaffeDecember 1, 2010 (2010-12-01) (US)
February 25, 2012 (2012-02-25) (Netherlands)
A dentist is found dead in his chair and his "Stepford wife" is accused of murder. Complications arise when it is discovered that the victim was doing more than just dentistry at work.
7"Uncanny"[18]Karen GaviolaHannah ShakespeareMarch 3, 2012 (2012-03-03) (Netherlands)
May 28, 2012 (2012-05-28) (Australia)
Paul Braun (Harold Perrineau), who claims to be a psychic, is arrested because he knows too many intimate details about a homicide.
8"Cold Case"Gwyneth Horder-PaytonIan BiedermanMarch 10, 2012 (2012-03-10) (Netherlands)
June 18, 2012 (2012-06-18) (Australia)
After a comatose woman dies, Kathryn brings a new charge of murder for the crime - now 10 years old.
9"Young Love"Karen GaviolaEd ZuckermanMarch 17, 2012 (2012-03-17) (Netherlands)
July 25, 2012 (2012-07-25) (Australia)
Kathryn charges a young couple with manslaughter in the shaken death of an infant - while Jimmy and Alejo each represent one of the defendants.
10"Perfect Witness"[19]Nathan HopeJeffrey Lieber & Jonathan Kidd & Sonya WintonMarch 24, 2012 (2012-03-24) (Netherlands)
July 3, 2012 (2012-07-03) (Australia)
The case against an accused killer from Jimmy's old neighborhood, Hell's Kitchen, rests on the memory of a child with a photographic memory.
11"Lost in translation"Paul McCraneTom Donaghy & Kevin J. HynesMarch 31, 2012 (2012-03-31) (Netherlands)TBATBA
Jimmy represents an old friend from law school who's been charged with arson and murder. But a Chinese gang and an Italian mobster are also involved.
12"The State Calls Kathryn Peale"Tucker GatesPaul J. LevineApril 7, 2012 (2012-04-07) (Netherlands)
July 10, 2012 (2012-07-10) (Australia)
Jimmy represents an ex-con implicated in a drive-by shooting of a defense attorney. It turns out, however, that the target may have been Kathryn.
13"The End"Rob BaileySonya Winton & Jonathan KiddApril 14, 2012 (2012-04-14) (Netherlands)
July 17, 2012 (2012-07-17) (Australia)
Kathryn & Jimmy relate the story of their first case opposing each other. Meanwhile, a retiring judge offers Kathryn an opportunity that's hard to refuse.


Before the show's premiere, Matthew Gilbert of The Boston Globe said, "Having seen the original Richardson pilot, which was re-filmed to add in Tierney, I can tell you that Tierney saves the show from near worthlessness. She brings a passion, a finely gauged sense of humor, and a strong chemistry with costar Rob Morrow that were missing before."[20] In general, though, the show has received mixed reviews, with Metacritic assigning it a score of 57.

According to Joe Flint of the Los Angeles Times, the "solid" ratings of the second-season premiere of Modern Family and "disappointing numbers" for the second-season premiere of Cougar Town were followed by "just 4.9 million" viewers for The Whole Truth.[12] In comparison, the legal comedy-drama The Defenders, in the same time slot as The Whole Truth, was the "highest-rated new show for the night, with 12.1 million viewers."[12]


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  2. "L.A. gets a bite of the Big Apple". Company Town (blog). Los Angeles Times. August 3, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-04.
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  17. Wednesday Final Ratings: America's Next Top Model Adjusted Up, TV By the Numbers, December 2, 2010
  18. "Harold Perrineau And Wayne Knight Guest Star When A Psychic Is Arressted For Displaying A Little Too Much Knowledge About An Open Murder Case, On ABC's "The Whole Truth"" (Press release). ABC Medianet. November 23, 2010. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
  19. "THE WHOLE TRUTH: Perfect Witness (11/3)" (Press release). ABC Medianet. October 18, 2010. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
  20. Gilbert, Matthew (September 22, 2010). "Tierney makes 'The Whole Truth' worth seeking". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2010-09-25.
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