The Deep End Preview: Grey's Anatomy With Lawyers

Tonight, ABC is set to premiere their new legal drama series The Deep End. The show follows a group of lawyers who start work at a prestigious law firm and find that with great power, comes a lot of hard work and plenty of drama.

While the series follows a bunch of hot, young lawyers, the show looks like it’ll be a perfect fit to air before Grey’s Anatomy. The premise reminds me of how Grey’s started out, with a bunch of young professionals eager to make a name for themselves and quickly learning that the struggle to the top has its perks and drawbacks. Also like Grey’s, there appears to be a ridiculous amount of sexual tension (see the video clips below for evidence of that). Below is ABC’s synopsis for the series and further down are some video clips from the pilot episode, which airs tonight!

“In a city where wealth and power rule, everyone strives to make it to the top. For five eager and attractive law associates, being accepted into one of Los Angeles' most prestigious law firms is the first step on their way up. But as they soon realize, the law offices of Sterling are far more cutthroat than they could have ever imagined and they must fight for themselves and their clients to stay afloat in these shark infested waters.These young and impressionable associates are immediately thrown into cases and forced to deal with the emotional and ethical decisions that come with the job they've worked so hard for. Dylan (Matt Long, Jack and Bobby) is given an impossible pro bono custody case, Beth (Leah Pipes, Sorority Row) keeps mum when a 90-year-old man signs an agreement thinking that she's his daughter, Liam (Ben Lawson, Neighbours) must get a client to sign with the firm under false pretenses, Addy (Tina Majorino, Big Love) finally gets some attention from her boss when she speaks her mind, and Malcolm (Mehcad Brooks, True Blood) gets off on the wrong foot when he is hired outside of the firm's traditional process.While these five ambitious associates struggle to adjust their appetites and ideals to the fast-paced demands of their jobs, they're faced with the warring partners at Sterling who hold the keys to their future, and a reluctant mentor, Rowdy (Norbert Leo Butz), who tries to guide them and the firm through the trenches. For Dylan, saving face with one partner in particular is much more difficult after he falls for the firm's paralegal -- unbeknownst to him, she's already in bed with firm partner Cliff Huddle (Billy Zane, "Titanic"), who is married to fellow partner Susan Oppenheim (Nicole Ari Parker), and fighting for the soul of the firm with its namesake, Hart Sterling (Clancy Brown, Carnivale).The Deep End stars Matt Long as "Dylan Hewitt," Billy Zane as "Cliff Huddle," Clancy Brown as "Hart Sterling," Norbert Leo Butz as "Rowdy Kaiser," Leah Pipes as "Beth Branford," Tina Majorino as "Addy Fisher," Ben Lawson as "Liam Priory," Nicole Ari Parker as "Susan Oppenheim" and Mehcad Brooks as "Malcolm Bennet."

The Deep End premieres Thursday, January 21 at 8:00 p.m., ET on ABC.

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