January 22, 2017

Jimmy Smits gives last minute boost to “Outlaw” series

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

HollywoodNews.com: Jimmy Smits has been going the extra mile — and then a few miles more — to give a last-minute boost to his new NBC “Outlaw” series, which gets its premiere tonight (9/15) after the finale of “America’s Got Talent.”

“I’m a little worn around the edges. I’ll be happy when we kind of set sail and let the shows speak for themselves,” admits the nice guy star, who’s also an exec producer on the show. “But you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. Having to travel to New York or DC to do press stuff, which we have to do — it’s taxing. It’s been an exercise in time management for me.” He laughs. “Get the violins.”

He was in the midst of what promised to be a 16-hour work day when we spoke to him.

The fact that Smits’ new drama takes lots of risks makes it all the more challenging to launch. The biggest risk: his character, a Supreme Court Justice who’s a decidedly flawed fellow, and who steps down from the bench in a crisis of conscience and starts taking on cases that are related to controversial issues, like immigration. The bad boy good guy has left some critics dubious. However, Jimmy points out, “It’s a very personalized viewpoint we’re looking at, so it’s not soap-boxy…The hot button issues we do, juxtaposed with a character who has a lot of flourishes, complexities and chinks in the armor, makes for something really compelling.” They’re starting Episode 4, he says, and have found their groove.

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Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Avatar” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, is a source of top celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online. To read more about Marylin and Stacy go to BeckSmithHollywood.com

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