The project, from Sony Pictures TV and Jeff Kwatinetz’s The Firm, was inspired by the relationship between famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and long-time Larry King Live executive producer Wendy Walker. Written by Drop Dead Diva creator Josh Berman and blogger Allie Hagan (Suri’s Burn Book), Notorious is described as a provocative look at the interplay of criminal law and the media. It follows the professional and personal relationship between a charismatic attorney (Sunjata) and a powerhouse television producer as they attempt to control the media, the justice system, and ultimately – each other.
Sunjata will play the character inspired by Geragos, Jake Gregorian, a charismatic and sexy defense attorney, who manipulates the media to win cases at any cost. Following the end of Graceland, the actor had been pursued for multiple pilots, choosing Notorious, from Rescue Me producer Sony TV.
Notorious is executive produced by Berman, Geragos, The Firm’s Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry, alongside Kenny Meiselas and Wendy Walker.
Sunjata also recurred on Smash and Grey’s Anatomy. He is repped by UTA, Cornerstone, Authentic and attorney Ira Schreck.